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  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Nov, 2015

    Or: The Umbrellas of Chicago.

  • Yakuza Apocalypse

    Yakuza Apocalypse 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2015

    Kageyama learns that that it's a faux pas among yakuza vampires to drink innocent blood—civilians may taste better, but to wipe them all out is to eliminate a necessary revenue stream. But don’t congratulate yourself for reading too deeply into that metaphor. A gangster does it himself: “You could say we’ve been living off their blood,” he deadpans, with the tenor of a sophomoric film critic. So the pleasures this film is offering aren’t interpretive. They’re textural. The spells cast…

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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.

  • Lucy

    Lucy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014 2

    What if 2001's star-child featured in an(other) action movie about the creation and evolution of human existence? And what if this time the star-child was Scarlett Johansson?

    A blonde bombshell superhero travels through a narrative that demands she graduate from ubermensch to God. Johansson first mows down bad guys, then chases down knowledge to evolve humanity, then takes control of the human race itself. So Luc Besson's Lucy is built on a daring philosophical idea: that religious narratives, evolution theory,…