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  • Detention 2012

    ★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    The best Donnie Darko/Scream/Heathers mash-up you're likely to find.

    Close to a 3.5 - I know I liked it but not sure to what extent. Visually engaging, some hilarious sequences and its introduction of a 'plot' at the hour mark was ingenious. However, there's that fine line between clever referencing and being obnoxious and the film often overindulges. I consider its ability to mock both 'high school' films and 'parody' films an insanely difficult task that mostly worked, though at…

  • Me and Orson Welles 2008

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2014

    I watched this for a You Have to See... feature over at 4:3.

    Excerpt from my response:

    I’m a fairly big Linklater fan but Me and Orson Welles was one of my blind spots in his filmography. It seemed to have flopped theatrically (and to some extent critically), it starred Zac Efron as a high school student prone to performing on a stage and it looked so out of step with the style of films he had been making for…

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  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2014 1

    Hyper stylised thriller that is something of a slow burn but never not interesting. Usage of music and those bookending montages were superb complements to the general unease garnered by colour palette alone.

    Whilst the imagery is there (alongside Villeneuve's predilection for sudden plot shifts as darkly comic reminders of life's futility), I feel like Enemy is somewhat empty. The ultimate notions of fidelity and identity, whilst interesting, are simplistic narrative arcs. Even the final shot, that garners raves, worked…

  • Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★½ Watched 09 May, 2013 11

    This was a very confusing film to enjoy. On the one hand, it's completely idiotic and void of meaning (any attempt to find a point to the film is giving it more credit than it's worth) and on the other hand, in certain moments the cinematography is fantastic, it is really funny at times and is anchored by a very good James Franco performance.

    I know it's bad, that much I can ascertain. It is not terrible, though. It's no…