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  • Pompeii

    Pompeii 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 02 Jan, 2015 3

    I was unduly harsh on this film last year. Its occasional lapses of po-faced dialogue no longer rankle, and in the wake of a summer filled with blockbusters that deferred all of their pleasures until the final hour, it's easier to see how POMPEII, with all its chaos confined to the final 45 minutes, at least fills its first hour with some degree of grace. I can't get behind the more hyperbolic assessments that the occasional vistas of a CG-filled…

  • The Homesman

    The Homesman 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Nov, 2014 1

    Tommy Lee Jones starred in a faithful Cormac McCarthy adaptation and directed his own McCarthy movie, but with THE HOMESMAN he does not simply perform the author's work but uses the same style to traverse paths that McCarthy never has. Specifically, the film affords a perspective to women, something largely absent in McCarthy's work, and if anything it finds even more bleakness from this vantage point.

    As the title might indicate, THE HOMESMAN is not, ultimately, about the Nebraska woman…

  • Welcome to New York

    Welcome to New York 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Nov, 2014 1

    WELCOME TO NEW YORK encapsulates Ferrara's career in a linear arc, moving from softcore erotica to bullish crime procedural before dumping out in screw-tightening psychological chamber drama that wrings out unexpectedly human empathy without ever offering absolution for its subject. Many things to pore over, from Depardieu's animalistic performance to Ferrara's deceptively stately direction, which slips so casually into Devereaux's POV that it's hard to realize you're in it until you pick up on the fact that people start to…

  • Tenebre

    Tenebre 1982

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Oct, 2014

    Double-feature of this and IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS, on repeat until you just go insane.

  • The Vanishing

    The Vanishing 1988

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Nov, 2014

    That ending, tho.

  • Under the Cherry Moon

    Under the Cherry Moon 1986

    ★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    Not a good movie, really, but fascinating in Prince canon for reasons I'm hoping to write about for someone.

  • Laggies

    Laggies 2014

    ★★★ Watched 28 Oct, 2014

    So good and charming a story of arrested development that the half-assed romance rankles for its inclusion. Even so, I'll take most any excuse to put Sam Rockwell in a movie.

  • Nightbreed

    Nightbreed 1990

    ★★½ Watched 27 Oct, 2014

    David Cronenberg as a serial killer psychiatrist. Man, some people just can't beat typecasting. Oh, also, this is a two-hour long Cantina scene, and if you're wondering if that gets old, yes it does.

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond 1981

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2014 1

    Some great effects and gross-out tricks, but I can't help feeling that if this is Fulci's best then I don't need to spend that much time exploring him.

  • Love and Death

    Love and Death 1975

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    One of the few Woody Allen films to fully reconcile his sardonic wit with his overriding desire to be seen as a smart, serious person, actively mocking his own literary pretensions before they took over his films.

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Rebels of the Neon God 1992

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Oct, 2014

    Not yet the work of one of the supreme modernist poets, but if Tsai had continued down this stylistic path I still think he'd have been a damn fine director fusing Hou's historical present and Wong Kar-wai's brimming youth passion.

  • The New York Ripper

    The New York Ripper 1982

    ★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2014

    Ghastly but inadvertently hilarious. Most enjoyable as a feverd, no-fi take on Howard the Duck.