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  • Interstellar 2014

    ★★★ Watched 13 Nov, 2014 6

    Visually impressive, featuring some truly outstanding set pieces, but surprisingly bankrupt both in terms of the on-the-nose writing and thematic exploration (you bet that pun was intended). Also, the film came across as surprisingly hopeful for a Nolan film -- not that there's anything wrong with that, but where's the trademark somber ponderance and detached observational style he's known for?

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2014 1

    If you want to win the lottery, you need to make the money to buy the ticket.

    Glyenhaal's tour de force performance alone is worth the price of admission. Here he embodies a perfect psychopath: Unapologetic, selfish, intelligent and completely lacking of any emotion whatsoever.

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  • The Vanishing 1988

    ★★★★★ Watched 18 Feb, 2013 8

    Edgar Allen Poe once said that, without a traceable motive, anyone can commit murder with impunity. The Vanishing instantly made me think about this quote for quite a while. An excellent, methodical and expertly directed film that confidently refuses to be labeled as a one genre, George Suizer's cautionary tale about obsession and how far we'll go to find truth is an art house triumph. This dark, brilliant film has been much-talked about since its release in 1988, and for…

  • La dolce vita 1960

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    One of the true landmarks in film history (and one of my all-time favorites), La Dolce Vita is a powerful and profound film that is absolutely mesmerizing -- from the now infamous opening scene of a helicopter carrying a statue of Christ flying over Rome's ancient ruins, to the metaphorically loaded prehistoric fish washing ashore at the end. Federico Fellini's masterpiece is not only a caustic critique of modern Rome, but it's pertinent to all modern society as well. The…