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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jan, 2016

    Did Apocalypse Now warrant this much mainstream attention to the "making of" aspect of the film in its day? Did all the hyping-up of the extremely difficult nature of the behind-the-scenes drama detract from or improve upon the experience of viewing the film itself? I ask this out of genuine curiosity. I wasn't alive back then.

    Those questions come to mind whenever critics of The Revenant call out the "showy" nature of the acting (OMG will Leo get an Oscar?)…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 09 Jan, 2016

    This is one of those surprisingly rare, "Oh yeah, THAT'S how witty film is capable of being!" type events. Cherish it.

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  • Mulholland Drive

    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…

  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark 2000

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Feb, 2014 4

    I get it. I finally know what the hell Lars is doing.

    Okay. So firstly, this so-called conclusion to the "Golden Heart Trilogy" is basically the standard by which all polarizing films should be measured. It's just that divisive. I felt my star rating dropping from five to zero and back again, more times than I could count. Of course by this point the star rating is unnecessary and silly, and it's obvious that we have a winner. Lars von…