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  • Chevalier

    Chevalier 2015

    ★★★ Watched 30 May, 2016

    Like so many males of the species, Chevalier presents itself as being far more respectable than it actually is. It looks upscale from the start, because Athina Rachel Tsangari has an aesthetic sense to match. Her medium-length and close-up compositions play out for relatively elongated periods. Mirrors and other reflective surfaces complicate her frames. She sets the color palette in shades of blue and gray, as if to cast an ominous cloud over each frame. And the jokes come from…

  • De Palma

    De Palma 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 31 May, 2016

    The obvious response is to call De Palma a feature-length DVD bonus feature. But we’ve seen those, and they’re deliberately heady talks—film-nerd stuff, with Baumbach questioning De Palma on his use of space (magnificent) or his taste in composers (same). This feature is a more candid experience. It’s shop talk. One segment has De Palma explaining how he searched for the right amount of split screen to use during the finale of Carrie; he describes how it was modulated exclusively…

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  • The Keep

    The Keep 1983

    ★★★★ Rewatched 04 Oct, 2013 2

    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.