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  • Weekend

    Weekend 1967

    ★★½ Watched 30 Mar, 2015

    Godard goes dada in the first half and it mostly works, it's funny, visually stunning, and his tracking shots are cutting edge even today. As in Eloge d'amour, though, the back half grinds to a halt; in spite of maintaining visual and aural energy it's just a didactic bore, as soon as it hits the guerilla camp all the momentum left slips away.

    For all his moments of clever juxtaposition in the second half (the guys eating sandwiches on the…

  • Vernon, Florida

    Vernon, Florida 1981

    ★★★ Watched 29 Mar, 2015 2

    Early Morris provides some gems, the matter-of-fact dialogue from his interviewees is both hilarious and endearing. The turkey hunter is such a fascinating and compelling subject, one of the more engaging characters Morris has interviewed, even though all he talks about is turkey hunting. As for the rest, it's a mostly amusing talking heads doco that allows strange people to convey a sense of themselves on camera, mostly by asserting the value of personal wisdom above all. There's a playful…

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    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.

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