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  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Oct, 2016

    Hideaki Anno's modern visual style lends itself perfectly for his version of Godzilla, a disruptive, chaotic, and adapting force laying calamity to a rigid, cold, and farcically ineffectual government. The cold and analytical style of Anno's framing works in stark contrast to the destruction caused by Godzilla's flesh displacing Japan. Countless visual and storytelling references and homages, but what is most impressive about Shin Godzilla is the abject horror that is the titular beast and the fact that Anno's directorial style is so refined that countless (and redundant) board room meetings aren't just engaging, but also satisfying.

  • Blair Witch

    Blair Witch 2016

    ★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2016

    The original Blair Witch Project established, not only the groundbreaking style of found-footage that's plagued theaters for nearly two decades, but that the creepy labyrinth forest isn't too different from the murky dark digital landscape we have created for ourselves.
    Blair Witch acts as a sort of remake, but only because it retreads these ideas, but exaggerates the distortion caused by urban legend and digital documentation alike. It's reflected not only by the "glitches", but also in the distortion of…

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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…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2012

    My life will be defined by pre-Rashomon and post-Rashomon.