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  • Closer

    Closer 2004

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 20 May, 2015

    contempt vs content

    Can't have romance and love without depression and jealousy.

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion 1997

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 May, 2015

    Right from the start, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion sets itself apart from the series by an extremely un-erotic display of nudity and, finally, a release from the sexual tension that plagued Shinji for around twenty-six episodes. In a few words though, it's "so fucked up"

    After fans demanded a "proper" ending to Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno finally gave it to them in the form of this grotesquely beautiful apocalyptic anime. Anno does all he can to…

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young 2014

    ★★★ Watched 18 May, 2015

    Frustratingly okay. While We're Young has the same charm as Baumbach's previous efforts, but coming off of the perfection that is Frances Ha proved to be too difficult. With no singlular focus, While We're Young mistakenly chooses to make the conflict about documentary film making rather than the individual neuroses of growing up and old. The film still has some fun and charming moments showing the contrast between the two generations, but the film ultimately fails to make everything else…

  • They Came Together

    They Came Together 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015

    After several missteps (I'm looking at you Wanderlust), David Wain returns to form with They Came Together. With just as much weird and almost surreal humor found in Wain's debut feature, Wet Hot American Summer, They Came Together effectively parodies the romantic comedy genre as comically heavy-handed as Wet Hot.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 May, 2015

    Completely and utterly beautiful.
    It's hard to get over the visual masterpiece that is Mad Max: Fury Road considering the incredible jaw-dropping stunt work coupled with the absolutely perfect cinematography. There are few words to be said except "beautiful".

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 01 May, 2015

    The synopsis for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night sounds as if Jim Jarmusch made his vampire movie in his earlier years, but the only thing in common is Ana Lily Amirpour's impossibly hip aesthetics and beautiful black and white cinematography. While intially seemingly violent and stylish, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night largely has a very contemplative tone and, eventually, an oppressive sense of loneliness.

    With such a strong debut, I'm very excited to see what's next from Amirpour.

  • Trash Humpers

    Trash Humpers 2009

    ★★★★ Added

    The title of Harmony Korine’s 2009 film Trash Humpers leaves very little to the imagination. The film follows four seemingly homeless, seemingly old people (played by Harmony Korine himself, his wife Rachel Korine, and two friends, all wearing super-realistic old person masks) on VHS tape as they roam the streets of suburban and semi-urban areas humping trash. The film isn’t seventy-eight minutes of people humping though, since the titular humpers also visit other societal outsiders, break things, and kill people.…

  • Hiroshima mon amour

    Hiroshima mon amour 1959

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Apr, 2015

    An utterly beautiful riff on Casablanca, albeit more contemplative and art-house. The pain of these two lovers is palpable and their ultimate fate is undecided, but as representations of their respective losses, Hiroshima mon amour seems to be one of the bleakest romances ever.

  • Odd Man Out

    Odd Man Out 1947

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2015

    Odd Man Out is a profoundly sad noir about a man wandering at the brink of death. Johnny's (James Mason) presence reveals the decay of life around him as he staggers through the streets of Ireland. Non-partisanship's importance in society is shown through bystanders who understand the humanity of both criminal organization and the ruthless authorities. Still, the authorities are put in a much harsher light considering the emotionally brutal ending.
    "You may die, but this picture will live on forever"

  • Populaire

    Populaire 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2015

    A breezy romp with an excellent late fifties sensibility. Populaire, like Whiplash, shows what one has to sacrifice to be the best. Unlike Whiplash, Populaire's thesis is told in a largely fun manner and explains this theme by emphasizing what's really important. As cheesy and goofy as it sounds, it's love.

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Apr, 2015 2

    -The Director's Cut-
    Relevant more so today than ever. With such hatred towards minority groups and such brutality from police, both exaggerated to extremes here, Nightbreed still remains a big "fuck you" to the oppressive norm. Despite such sensitive and dark subject matter, Nightbreed still manages to be a fun, but brutal, fairy tale.

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

    The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them 2014

    ★★★ Watched 04 Apr, 2015

    "I feel like we're living some dreadful disaster cliche"

    After spending the whole day watching these lovable sad sack dorks in three separate features, I can't help but love them for all their faults. Even all the supporting characters have their own set of fears and neuroses that are played with such subtlety.

    While The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them extinguishes mystery of how their (former) partner is dealing with the disappearance, the film begins to form a sort of…