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  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★ Rewatched 08 Apr, 2015

    Melchior and Ellis are abstracted: He’s seen on the back flaps of novels and published plays, while she appears mostly on the screens of freshly designed tech (TMZ videos, leaked nudes, news about a 3D YA picture.) They serve as opposing specters: the intimidating traditions of eras past, and the seemingly inevitable frivolity of pop culture’s future. Here Assayas plays around with pop culture, using the public personas of Stewart (who shares many biographical details with Ellis) and Binoche (representing…

  • The End of the Tour

    The End of the Tour 2015

    ★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2015

    One beautiful moment: Wallace, Lipsky, and two lady-friends all go to see John Woo’s Broken Arrow at the multiplex. Ponsoldt keeps his camera back to leave them all in the frame, and it gives us the entire movie in one shot: Wallace looking forward, his strange psyche entirely engaged; while the befuddled journalist can’t help but set his gaze to the side, directly at his peer. But most often the camera is as lost as Lipsky. It pans and moves…

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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,…