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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Nov, 2014

    I hesitate to say much in regards to these films simply because, though I thoroughly enjoy them, I'm too far removed from the fan bandwagon to care enough. No, I haven't read the books and I'm probably not going to. No, I don't want to hear how it's going to end. I can't remember most of the fine details that happened in the previous two films and I simply don't care enough to go back and rewatch them.

    But hot…

  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 09 Nov, 2014 1

    Is Gotham worth saving?

    I owe Christopher Nolan a lot. When I was sixteen, a movie about a caped vigilante and a larger-than-life villain rocked my amateurish expectations when it came to superhero films, and seemed to whisper things about the human condition that wouldn't have entered my mind at that age, much less while watching a Batman movie. Then, when I was seventeen, a movie featuring elaborate dreamscapes and philosophical (albeit pop) ponderings seemed to open my star-struck eyes…

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  • Mulholland Drive 2001

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Feb, 2014 12

    You know, this actually made sense to me. I was bracing for a fevered surrealist nightmare, but this felt much more like a coherent narrative than anything else.

    I found myself eerily reminded of Bergman's Persona more than once - was that just me? Not only a sense that the two lead women might just be the same person, but a similarly energetic claustrophobia that pulsates in the silences between them. There's sexual energy, but there's also sincere compassion and…

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Mar, 2014 2

    I have a new theory about Lars. It has to do with his flagrant tendency to force the hand of his narrative into impossible contortions until morality is thrust into the frame, naked and trembling, daring you to feel emotional involvement with actors on a film set.

    Take Uma Thurman's scene. Only an idiot would script such a ridiculously contrived scenario: the wife of an adulterous man brings their three sons into the apartment of her husband's whore so they…