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  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Mar, 2015

    Wow. It's not so often that I experience such a drastic change of opinion on a second viewing, but here it is: Snowpiercer is a much better film than I initially thought it was. Some of the films weaknesses -- most notably the third act's showy exposition -- still weakens the overall integrity of the film's dramatic structure, but the tonal shifts which had initially thrown me off are suddenly and strikingly poetic.

    A more conventional action plot might have…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jan, 2015 2

    Last year I wrote an essay dedicated to Paul Thomas Anderson's body of work. I hypothesized a thematic, chronological timeline rooted by the time periods of his films. Having read Thomas Pynchon's novel, I speculated as to Anderson's take on the material (placing it chronologically after The Master and preceding Boogie Nights):

    "Then, in 1970, Freddie is Larry Sportello; a drifting pothead with a slightly better foothold on life. A private investigation sends him on an odyssey through greed, dependence…

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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…

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 07 Jul, 2014 2

    The subject matter here is frightening in weight alone, and it is the fact that Klara herself couldn't possibly know what her own foolish little comment meant that is particularly horrifying. A monster is created, and an innocent man becomes victimized to a von Trier-esque extent. But we can't see the monster. It stays in the shadows and manifests itself in the forms of paranoia, emotional manipulation and even violence. The monster's nature is untruth, and its weapon are the…