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  • 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…

  • Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

    Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance 2009

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 Apr, 2015

    You can be a narcissist if you blame everything on yourself.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest 1959

    ★★★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2015

    The story of a man who accidentally becomes a spy. North by Northwest does everything a spy picture should do; it's fun, thrilling, and sexy. With such an exceptionally tight script and the ever charming Cary Grant as the lead, Hitchcock made it really easy for himself to make such an entertaining and satisfying film.

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon 1997

    ★★★½ Rewatched 29 Mar, 2015

    Event Horizon draws from a large range of influences including Don't Look Now, Hellraiser, and, of course, The Shining. Paul W.S. Anderson shows his horror knowledgeably without Event Horizon feeling derivative. Unfortunately, it feels unintentionally goofy more often than hair raising. Of the few horror films that take place in space, at least Event Horizon is entertaining (much less entertaining than Alien) or entertaining in an ironic sense (much less ironically entertaining than Jason X). Still, one can find some fun in this amalgam of the haunted house and the final frontier.

  • 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…

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad 1961

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 19 Mar, 2015

    Last Year at Marienbad blurs the possible and the impossible. Just shadows of plot and character executed in elegant dreamlike episodes. It's frozen in one fleeting imaginary moment, creating beautiful modernist set pieces. Lovely and dreamlike as it is dark and nightmarish. A masterpiece that defies explanation.
    "Leave me alone"

  • 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.