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  • Days of Wine and Roses

    Days of Wine and Roses 1962

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Mar, 2015

    A frustratingly cynical tale of an extremely affable couple's slow and painful descent into crippling alcoholism. Both Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick put in transformative performances as the doomed couple. The bleak Days of Wine and Roses really cuts to the heart of addiction and how having a partner share your vice only makes it harder to be sober. Reminded me of 2012 film Smashed, but Days was much more effective in that the central couple is given an opportunity to be worth rooting for before the heavy alcoholism sets in.

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Mar, 2015

    Gone is the virginal pure scream queen. It Follows makes literal the "have sex in a horror movie and you die" cliche. The totally pulse-pounding soundtrack mixed with the inevitable horror lurking in the shadows will make your chest hurt from stress. With a script that has a unbelievable amount of verisimilitude in its dialog, David Robert Mitchell proves, as he did with The Myth of the American Sleepover that he understands youth to an impossible degree. It Follows is…

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  • Stoker

    Stoker 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Dec, 2013

    It seems that any other director would not be able to handle Stoker's subject matter without making it feel gratuitous. Chan-wook Park somehow manages to handle Stoker's deeply disturbing material, but makes it so beautiful. I had not expected to be as put-off by some of the material in this film, but because it is all handled with such grace I found it a lot easier to get over.

    There is a predator/prey motif apparent in Stoker that is very…

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Mar, 2015

    The Robocop remake we deserved. A Frankenstein's monster for the technology saturated wasteland we constantly fear. Consciousness and individuality try to break out of the rigidity of our societal places. Although, all enlightenment is painful and a film of this budget needs an explosive third act. Found here are heavy-handed, but compelling, identity crises, crises of faith, and a Freudian upbringing.