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  • And So It Goes 2014

    ★★½ Watched 09 Jul, 2014

    For an example of cinema-as-lifestyle-porn, see here. Shot in some of the luxury real estate spread throughout Connecticut, it's the type of film that moves at a leisurely pace, hits the beats that audiences expect it to hit, and never hesitates to pan across a particularly fancy piece of furniture. It's got a plot to match the materialism: This is another rich-old-straight-white-curmudgeon-finds-his-soul movie, with Michael Douglas playing the typical bitter-old-widowed-office-drone. The film itself is nothing insidious. You get the feeling…

  • Sex Tape 2014

    ★½ Watched 16 Jul, 2014

    Directors have remade their own works before -- Howard Hawks made "Rio Bravo" three times over, after all -- but self-plagiarism is a bit rarer. That's what you get in "Sex Tape," the second Nicholas Stoller-scripted movie released this year. Stoller co-wrote this one, which features Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz as a long-married couple who record themselves having a three-hour sex session, and then accidentally share the video with all their friends. He also directed "Neighbors," a somewhat similar…

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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…