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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 05 Oct, 2014

    David Fincher's latest masterwork takes a big beach read about a troubled marriage and turns it into a suspenseful screen indictment of modern times. It's a transformation of skill and daring, both on Fincher's part and that of author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn, who ruthlessly pares her voluminous prose without sacrificing essential plot turns.

    And about those turns, let this be said: Fear not the careless clod or online troll who spills so-called plot spoilers. While you don't want to encourage such…

  • Are You Here 2014

    ★★ Watched 05 Sep, 2014

    Are You Here, a surprisingly bad film about a couple of lifelong friends in the midst of parallel identity crises, is almost shockingly formless, underthought, and visually indifferent given who is behind it. Until a beautifully staged but too-late final scene, little separates this from any other plot-light, quirk-heavy indie comedy with a handful of name stars. I guess it really is true that "genius" doesn't automatically translate from medium to medium.

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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

    ★★★★★ 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…