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  • The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol

    The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol 2014

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2016

    "It’s a shame that Ahn Hae-ryong and Lee Sang-ho’s compelling film hasn’t been widely seen outside of Korea, where it achieved significant box office success for a documentary feature. It makes for near-vital viewing not only as a document of crisis but also a damning indictment of a seemingly corrupt bureaucracy. The bureaucracy in question is already alarmed, their attacks on the Busan International Film Festival say as much. Both that festival and this film warrant international support, so I’d encourage you to give this film a watch right now:"

    Full piece: fourthreefilm.com/2016/01/the-truth-shall-not-sink-with-sewol-dir-lee-sang-ho-and-ahn-hae-ryong-2014/

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha 2012

    ★★★½ Rewatched 08 Nov, 2016

    First 40min is so much snappier and better edited than I had remembered / final 10 (and that now-infamous speech) is much less convincing than I had remembered.

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Oct, 2014 6

    Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.

    The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2015 5

    I'm not entirely sure what this film thinks it is, throwing so much shit at the wall and hoping something profound sticks. I do know, though, that without that really good drum score it would have been a whole lot more dull to sit through; we witness the process of the film figuring itself out, messily and unconvincingly over its far too long runtime.

    Norton was great, if you want to tackle self-obsession and ego in art and theatre, make…