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  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2015

    Give Ryan Coogler a moving body and he’ll give you a moment worthy of the Rocky series. And he’s got some iconic motions to work with. Take the steadicam shot tracking our eponymous underdog boxer jogging through Philadelphia streets: Coogler stations his camera behind his actor, and he lets boys on mopeds and motorbikes rush through the left and right of the frame, blurring by while his centerpiece remains steady. And when Jordan’s boxer reaches the building where Sylvester Stallone’s…

  • A Poem is a Naked Person

    A Poem is a Naked Person 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Nov, 2015

    Russell’s got the Gandalf beard to hide his face—it was Nashville in the early 70s, man—and the words coming through the scruff have a THC-infused, post-revolution slowness to them. And his hands have animated movement that'll remind you of old Donald Sutherland characters; the man's fingers are always bopping and bouncing outside of Blank’s 4:3 frame. But of course the hippie-sway and the zoned-out diction percolate into something transfixing and poetic when the man is onstage. In those moments Russell…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 1

    On 35mm, at the Coolidge. Apparently Paramount, decades ago, told them to junk the print. No one did because it had "Keep" written on the front frames. Just passing that along.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2015 1

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.