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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2015

    The Wachowskis have consistently shown to be a strong counterpoint to the "practical vs computer effects" debate as CG seems to always compliment their visual aesthetics. Even in Jupiter Ascending, largely considered their worst picture, their bold direction and (heavy CG) visual style lift this pulpy sci-fi mess from a laughable failure to, at times, an impressive attempt.

  • Terminator Genisys

    Terminator Genisys 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jun, 2015

    This remix of the first two Terminator films is far better than it should be. Like other soft-reboots or retoolings or whatever, Terminator Genisys calls back to great moments of its past incarnations while, also, deviating from them too. The Terminator series particularly lends itself to this considering the repetitious nature of the franchise ("I'll be back", "Come with me if you want to live", etc) as well as the paradoxical and recursive nature of time travel. The threat 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…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon 1950

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Aug, 2012

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