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  • Looper 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Oct, 2012

    Taking for granted that the time travel in this film is complete nonsense, I really enjoyed Looper. Great swaths of it cannot be taken seriously (including Bruceph Gordon-Willis's elegantly penciled eyebrows), but it's nonetheless very fun and entertaining, and I'd recommend it to anyone who tolerates (or welcomes) a hefty dose of ridiculousness in their sci-fi.

    FWIW, I think the only two movies I've seen with internally consistent time travel are Primer and Twelve Monkeys (Looper echoes the latter quite frequently even beyond the "Bruce Willis from the future" connection).

  • Drunken Angel 1948

    ★★★★ Added

    Great early Kurosawa. The plot's arc is fairly predictable, but there are lots of stylish edits and beautiful shots.

    Notably: when Miyo confronts Sanada about seeing Okada on the street, a train abruptly passes above them, echoing her claustrophobia and paranoia. Matsunaga and Okada's brawl in a pond of white paint is oddly compelling. A late shot of Sanada silhouetted against the sun, holding white eggs that stand starkly against his black form, seems to convey that though he's tainted,…

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  • The Artist 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Feb, 2012

    I was grinning like an idiot the entire time I was watching this film. Hard to pinpoint what exactly makes it so effortlessly endearing – I mean, there are many things – the slapstick is great, the music's lovely, the dog is adorable, the whole movie is just an energetic whirlwind of visual witticisms and delightful touches. But I think the real goodness comes from how confidently it flirts with the boundary between authenticity and kitsch... every scene is so…

  • Melancholia 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jan, 2012 11

    I liked (extremely) the scenes at the start, which reveal the rest of the film in its entirety – sometimes perfect pre-echoes (?) of later sequences, sometimes shot from a slightly different angle, sometimes embellished entirely, sometimes representing psychological states only orally alluded to (Justine's description of slogging through a mess of vines), sometimes only hinting at an inevitable further future (the art monographs in the library slowly catching fire).

    These scenes are almost stills, almost a slideshow, but move…