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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jan, 2016

    "One of the film’s cleverest storytelling decisions is in holding the Church at an arm’s length; though we’re often told of how much power they wield and how hard they can fight back, we never witness it. It’s quietly damning that the Church’s ruthless power never needs to be proven because it’s something already assumed by film and audience alike."

    Full review: fourthreefilm.com/2016/02/spotlight/

  • Standard Operating Procedure

    Standard Operating Procedure 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jan, 2016

    One of his more unsettling employments of the Interrotron and really well edited, in spite of the mostly grubby re-enactment sequences (notable exceptions: the long hallway tracking shot and the fan cutting up paper).

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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…