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  • Le Silence de la Mer

    Le Silence de la Mer 1949

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Feb, 2016

    The Silence of the Sea is not a perfect film (as if such a thing existed), but damn it's close.

    A first feature? Stunning. The camerawork, sound, and (for the most part) editing are superb. And Howard Vernon's performance may be on my acting Mount Rushmore.

  • Concussion

    Concussion 2015

    ★★★½ Rewatched 07 Feb, 2016

    Rewatched this with a specific eye towards Will Smith's performance.

    I thought it was fine, though not to the point that his not being nominated was an outrage.

    What impresses me is the script. These recent history films have a hard time being about anything because they are so busy hitting key events.

    One thing I liked about the film is that it reminded me that words matter. And things matter, not least of all in the way they affect…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 May, 2015

    "If you can't fix what's broken..."

    Fully satisfying as to theme, this is a throwback only in the sense that it reminds us of how much more thrilling stunts are than special effects. The choreography and editing is off-the-charts good...and a welcome relief to those of us weary of the uberfrenetic shot sequencing of Avengers and such.

    This is essentially one long chase scene, but backstory and theme are interspersed, and it's the rare action movie that shows rather than…

  • Interstellar