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  • Kiss Me Deadly

    Kiss Me Deadly 1955

    ★★★★★ Watched 21 Sep, 2016

    Pure pulp poetry. An empty meaningless quest pursued by an empty meaningless man. Hammer gets dumber and dumber as the film goes along until the whole character is nothing but a sick farce. Mixing poetry, opera, and classical music into the sordid work of Mickey Spillane the film turns the 1950's American hero into a shell of an idea, pre-dating Altman's similar twist of Marlowe into a bemusing joke.

  • City Lights

    City Lights 1931

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Sep, 2016

    Is there anything more beautiful?

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  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2015 3

    Probably the most restrained effort from Mr. Tarantino's entire career. Gone are all the pop Godardian tricks that first made him famous (besides the almost Brechtian decision to stage a road-show along with some pop music, a few gags centered around the intermission, and the almost-hokey clue-like genre of the murder mystery stuck inside one place); in its place is a more classical story that tries to fit more snugly among the ranks of the exploitation masters of the 70s…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 2016

    ½ Watched 15 Apr, 2016

    Fascism! the musical. Starring Mr. Drone and Mr. Surveillance State vs. Mr. Globalized Corporate Interest. W/ special guest appearences by Gal Gadot as the Mrs. Military Entertainment Complex. Witness the horrors of 9/11 replayed as a BMW commercial! Marvel at the utter destruction of any debate around the ethics of ~great power~ + ~great responsibility~! Wonder at the soul-crushing, mind-numbing, jolly-rancher-sucking series of product placements that make up the bulk of the shoddy story! Horror at a possible low point in an already very low culture.