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  • A Girl at My Door

    A Girl at My Door 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 Apr, 2016

    No, not as powerful as one may expect, but more effecting in its subtleties and nuances. July avoids big emotional peaks, instead more readily moving between plateaus. That you may not necessarily feel a lot is not actually one of the film's faults, but that you may think a lot is one of it's strengths. July weaves together one of the more impressive directorial debuts in recent memory (thanks in no part to Doona Bae), that speaks volumes to how we live and move through the present.

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out 1981

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Apr, 2016

    "It's a good scream." The 1970's retold as one giant grand cosmic joke inducing not so much a giggle but a howl. Possibly DePalma's most melancholic and cynical vision of American culture and cinema. Possibly his masterpiece (and Lithgow/Travolta's respective career high-points).

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  • 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 advertisements for to other movies, products, and people that make up the bulk of the shoddy story! Horror at your culture.

  • 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…