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  • Killer Joe 2011

    ★★★½ Rewatched 21 Sep, 2014

    Friedkin’s last film is a horrific experience built from innumerable disgraces of the human flesh, verbal and physical. It’s also really fucking funny. (I’m particularly partial to a moment where Temple’s naif asks Joe if he’s ever assigned to investigate the killings he clandestinely carries out off-duty. “Sometimes,” he responds, at which point she asks, “Is that a problem?” McConaughey deadpans: “That’s a convenience.”) Adapted from a decades-old play by Tracy Letts, Joe’s a rabid beast of a movie; full…

  • A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014

    ★★½ Watched 16 Sep, 2014

    An excessively unpleasant viewing experience, full of and characterized by extremely specific sexualized violence against women. The plot, in part, watches coldly as psychopath killers use information obtained illicitly from the DEA to kidnap and murder the wives and daughters of drug dealers. There's more than a few upsides to their modus operandi: They get to make fun little snuff tapes of the rapes and killings, and no one will ever investigate them thoroughly because nobody cares about the plight…

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  • 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 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?

    Here it is: A blonde bombshell superhero traveling 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…