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  • Quay

    Quay 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Oct, 2015

    Emulating a bit of the brothers Quay's stream of consciousness, Christopher Nolan forsakes his usual controlled style to create a quirky and unconventional documentary that gives insight to the Quay's waking life.

  • Onibaba

    Onibaba 1964

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Early on in the film there is a somewhat humorous moment, albeit a particularly effect one; the detestable Hachi literally stares into the void and screams and the void screams back in wickedly naturalistic way.

    The cruel and poetic simplicity of Onibaba is executed in such a beautiful expressionistic manner that this black and white feature becomes even blacker. I mean to say that the darkness of the world is ever present in luscious inky…

  • Tomie: Replay

    Tomie: Replay 2000

    ★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Despite containing more of the gruesome horror that's more prevalent in the later films while attempting to retain the quiet introspection of the first, Tomie: Replay is just boring. Replay's attempt at the same powerful silence and emptiness of the first film comes off as weak imitation that comes off more as disinterest or accidental. This film still retains some nice shot composition, but does that really matter when the whole film is totally lifeless.…

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man 1949

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Oct, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    By a large margin, my favorite shot from The Third Man is the last one. The idyllic scenery, a handsome man, and the beautiful woman he's waiting for. It's framed so beautifully with the falling leaves of the trees and it's such a long take that it feels like those leaves will never stop falling. They do. The woman passes the man by and she leaves a great absence in the shot. The frame's composition is incomplete without her. The…

  • The Green Inferno

    The Green Inferno 2013

    ★★ Watched 29 Sep, 2015

    The easiest comparison to make is to the cannibal opus Cannibal Holocaust and, much like it, The Green Inferno is excessively violent to a gruesome degree. Unlike other members of the splat pack, director Eli Roth's violence isn't as exciting as it is repulsive (with the exception of the plane crash scene which mixes horror, comedy, and grisly reality into a wonderful maelstrom). The Green Inferno presents a morally bleak existence where evil has already swallowed up all the good…

  • Tomie

    Tomie 1999

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Large portions of Tomie have characters sitting in Bergman silence, staring into nothing. The same nothing that exists inside them is emphasized in the cinematography by the crushing nothingness of the world often framing the action. In a world of people who feel a sort of numbness and apathy to their lives, the titular Tomie offers sexual and violent escapism. Tomie, just like the character, is very cold and lifeless, but undoubtedly seductive. In contrast…

  • Dark Water

    Dark Water 2002

    ★★★ Rewatched 17 Sep, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Marital rifts has been rife territory for horror films for a long time. From The Brood to Possession, horror has found a way to make these traumatizing events even more traumatizing. Dark Water's foundation lies on this horror of life, but extends beyond it with the protagonist washing herself of the foul past with new home, only to have it infected by an insidious past that corrupts through water, a substance that should be pure…

  • Tetsuo: The Bullet Man

    Tetsuo: The Bullet Man 2009

    ★★ Watched 15 Sep, 2015

    Part of the Hooptober challenge

    Each consecutive Tetsuo film's script becomes more elaborate and narrative driven which removes much of what makes the first, Tetsuo: The Iron Man so unnerving and exciting. Tetsuo: The Bullet Man emphasizes the revenge aspect of the previous films and, while Tsukamoto's trademark anxiety conductive camerawork and editing is still present, is much more focused on action than the sheer body-horror at the center of the first two. Unfortunately the action was quite boring or indecipherable. A few plus sides are that the Tetsuo in this feature is well designed as it is frighteningly dark and modern.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★½ Rewatched 13 Sep, 2015

    Loses a lot of its spectacle on the smaller screen, but still remains a fun exercise in depicting scale and rocket powered punching.

  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2015

    They say that you must repeat an experiment to confirm the results and, although it doesn't personally satisfy me in the same way as Frances Ha, Mistress America proves that Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach are make great cinema together.

    Mistress America is, at times, Gatsby-esque although it's not a tragedy and, rather than the lavish lifestyle Jay Gatsby treats Nick to, Mistress America revels in its lead's failures, but like Gatsby it never really chastises her for it. Instead…

  • House

    House 1986

    ★★½ Watched 06 Sep, 2015

    There are some genuinely good scares and special effects as our protagonist navigates his own personal hell in the form of a haunted house. House can be really good, and probably is to some people, but bad comedy prevents this from being an effective psychological/supernatural-horror and the Vietnam flashbacks prevent it from being a satisfying horror-comedy. Its non-committal tone puts one off balance similar to the way the hero is, but, for me at least, it made it hard to fully engage the film and, well, enjoy it to it's full extent.

  • The Ring

    The Ring 2002

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 01 Sep, 2015

    Last night I bought a VCR so I could have access to all the VHS tapes I've been buying at thrift stores. It's something like the imperfections of a vinyl except the audio and visual quality is much more significantly depreciated. It's more of the crackle of the audio and the low-fi screen that makes certain features much more entertaining and nostalgic, even if I hadn't seen them before. To test out my new VCR I picked the closest physical…