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  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Nov, 2015

    This is a great film. I reviewed it here:

  • Sicario

    Sicario 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Sep, 2015 5

    Sicario ‘s most immediate pleasures are, naturally, its images. Villeneuve gives Roger Deakins as free a rein as the Coens do, and there are three shots in particular that are frozen in my head: 1) an extreme long shot peering over the border in Juarez as tracer fire erupts between federal police and cartel enforcers as the camera pans over and out to see cop car lights dotting the hills as they converge upon the fight like ants; 2) a…

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2015

    I have never seen a film so resolutely interested in the idea of women's sexuality. Magic Mike, befitting Soderbergh's clinical approach, broke down the banal minutiae of the job, from getting pumped up (in more ways than one) before a show to the difficulty of legitimizing oneself in a society that still stigmatizes sex work of any stripe. This made for an unexpectedly complex film, but it also tended to focus on stripping entirely from the men's point of view,…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World 2015

    ½ Watched 20 Jun, 2015 6

    I never care that much about box office but it makes me sad that a film like this, that so blatantly hates its audience, is now one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The first film extrapolates its maker's deep love for his audience by presenting a man so eager to please that he does not notice the ruinous, lethal mistake he has made until it is much too late. From the start, this film takes pains to point…

  • The Heart Machine

    The Heart Machine 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 25 Jun, 2014

    THM has an agreeable ambivalence about the Internet, indulging in Catfish suspicion and its flip-side, the enabled jealousy and privacy invasion of sheltered people. But it also sees some of the dangerous, duplicitous games people play online as an arduous process of seeking out new methods of romantic introduction, capable, if not easily so, of making people discover each other emotionally instead of letting physical interaction set the tenor of a relationship. Of course, absence can make the heart grow…

  • Wild Canaries

    Wild Canaries 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Jun, 2014

    I'm slowly seeing more and more quasi-screwball updates (The Color Wheel, Blind Detective) and if I wrote a thinkpiece about this it would only be to desperately encourage more of them to be made. WILD CANARIES is one of the most structured indie films of recent years, an indie, and a comedy, that only gets more cohesive and purposeful as it nears its end instead of collapsing into wispy, half-assed introspection. manages to add new wrinkles to clichéd scenes of…

  • John Wick

    John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2014 1

    Keanu Reeves' Hong Kong-y phase continues to be one of the most surprising and rewarding things in American multiplex fare lately.

  • Hit 2 Pass

    Hit 2 Pass 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Nov, 2015

    An abstract, meta-Hawks movie in which the individual keeps spiraling out in an ever-widening gyre to take in larger layers of community. Building cars brings father and son together; crashing them unites the spectators. Cinema as the solution to preserving oral history, both of verbal stories and silent observation. Video game instructions as zen koan: to gain experience and levels, you must fight monsters.

  • Camp X-Ray

    Camp X-Ray 2014

    ★★½ Watched 17 Oct, 2014

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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2014 5

    Birdman replaces AGI’s erstwhile fixation on intricately linked narrative structures with an obsession on formal ones. Its facsimile of one giant take forces everything to be connected as the camera ambles after characters, charges ahead into new areas, gets distracted by the intrusion of new people and constantly slips from reality to the fantasy of the stage, blurring the lines between the petty insecurities that roil behind the scenes and the tortured, vulnerable, often overcompensating art that it produces. This…

  • Men, Women & Children

    Men, Women & Children 2014

    ½ Watched 01 Oct, 2014

    A vile, condescending piece of shit, so sure that it's telling us all something we need to hear but are just too damn stupid to know that it hilariously fails to realize what a blinkered, solipsistic thing it is. Meant to be an indictment of our overstimulated, underemoting way of life, it instead comes off as a lament for a time before the average man knew how mediocre he was in bed.