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  • Rear Window

    Rear Window 1954

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 27 May, 2016

    Revisited so that I could refresh my memory, and so that I could take notes to teach it this week in my new online film course. Why mess with the rest when you can start with the best?

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 27 May, 2016

    Can the saddest film of 2016 also be the scariest and the funniest? This just might qualify. I laughed and I cringed and I felt sick, pretty much all at the same time, over and over and over again. As a sci-fi satire about longing, emotion, and control, it reminded me of Her, especially in Colin Farrell's take on Theodore Twombly... except that where Her is alive with heart and emotion, The Lobster suppresses everything so much that you're gasping…

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  • Selma

    Selma 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Jan, 2015 5

    Thank God Almighty.

    Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.

    Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…

  • The World's End

    The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2013 1

    I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…