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  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Dec, 2014

    Perhaps a little too ambitious in its thematic goals, but Carell is transcendent and Bennett Miller's direction is as assured as ever. I just wish the script measured up to the tonal mastery.

  • Interstellar

    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?

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  • The Vanishing

    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

    La dolce vita 1960

    ★★★★★ Added

    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…