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  • Lucy 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    What if the star-child starred in an action movie about the creation and evolution of human existence, and what if 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 narratives, evolution…

  • Spies 1928

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2014

    In lieu of a review, I'd simply like to point you ladies and gentlemen to the first two minutes of this film. There are no words to describe what Lang does here, because it has nothing to do with words, it is cinema.

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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.

  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Jun, 2014

    Here’s some background on one of film criticism’s more famous quotes: when Godard said “tracking shots are a question of morality,” it wasn’t a rigid philosophy, but a half-jokey rebuke. He and a number of other Cahiers du Cinema critics were discussing Resnais’ HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, and Eric Rohmer said he wasn’t surprised that many were finding the film “jarring.” Another critic asked, “morally or aesthetically”, and Godard answered with his now-famous maxim. It’s an assertion that form can’t, and…