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  • The Editor

    The Editor 2014

    ★★ Watched 14 Mar, 2015

    Grindhouse re-energized a long-dormant mode of filmmaking, self-aware schlock; The Editor carries that torch, and even works it into its plot. The narrative concerns the eponymous crewmember, who gets caught up in a murder mystery while working on an Italian exploitation picture. (It’s an Argento-style film about a guy working on an Argento-style film who uncovers a violent plot worthy of an Argento-style film.) Said editor is short four fingers, and so are all the victims cropping up on set,…

  • Wild Tales

    Wild Tales 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 26 Feb, 2015

    None of the stories are connected to one another in narrative terms, but a few visual motifs recur throughout: Explosions are one. People trying to bust through shatterproof glass (ceilings?) is another. And more than once, characters find themselves so traumatized by inhuman actions that they just keel over and vomit everywhere. References to Argentina’s national struggle against graft and corruption are dropped into the dialogue, but they rarely serve as the dramatic center. Instead, each story hinges on a…

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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,…