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  • Snowden

    Snowden 2016

    ★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2016

    "Stone continually paints Snowden as an extraordinary genius at his work and later a lone wolf, his inner conflict emerging through the nagging relationship with Lindsay who just cannot understand his inner demons. In short, his story reflects that of a singular Great Man, almost accomplishing the opposite of what Poitras set to do with her intimate CITIZENFOUR. While both Poitras and Stone argue Snowden is a patriot instead of a traitor, Stone tries to fit him into a tradition…

  • Cock of the Air

    Cock of the Air 1932

    ★★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2016

    From this week's Village Voice:

    Many restorations of forgotten classics simply involve a process of scanning, cleaning, and scrubbing filmic elements. But the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' restoration of Cock of the Air, a Howard Hughes–produced pre-Code sex comedy, shows off new tricks. The 1932 movie features a series of playful waltzes between womanizing pilot Chester Morris and steamy opera singer Billie Dove, following the latter's exile to Italy for "distracting" Paris's masculine elite. Various state censors…

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 4

    I could talk about how this film's structure finally achieves the blissful melancholy that has been at the heart of all of Wes Anderson's films. I could talk about the precision of his framing and tracking shots, and how often he finds visual comedy through a perfect edit, or the slight entrance of new material into the frame. I could talk about how depressing the film is, the hints of both a traumatizing past, and that in a way, Sam…

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2015 11

    "In the history of photography and film, getting the right image meant getting ones that conformed to the prevalent ideas of humanity. This included whiteness, of what colour—what range of hue—white people wanted white people to be....Movie lighting assume, privilege, and construct whiteness" —Richard Dyer, "Lighting For Whiteness"

    The history of Hollywood in many ways is the history of the construction of whiteness. This goes beyond simply films that have depicted African Americans in stereotypes or margnizaled their roles in…