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  • Shoah

    Shoah 1985

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    *Based on various excerpts that amounted to around two hours, but if the rest of this film is as strong, this could be an all time for me*

    Shoah may be Exhibit A for a consideration of “pure cinema,” a needlessly debated and fraught term that often creates exclusionary practices, but appears quite apt here. Godard exclaimed that cinema’s greatest tragedy to the 20th century was the fact moving image cameras were never brought into the camps, but Lanzmann’s film…

  • Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words

    Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words 2014

    ★★★ Watched 11 Jun, 2015

    The role of Nixon in Our Nixon and Nixon By Nixon is quite strikingly different, especially given that both films emerged out of the release of new archival materials of the president’s time in office in 2012. Lane’s Our Nixon privileges the home movie footage made by Nixon’s closest aids, while Kunhardt’s Nixon By Nixon takes more interest in the voice tapes. Of the two, Nixon By Nixon seems more interested in the historical consequences of Nixon, and his role…

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  • American Hustle

    American Hustle 2013

    ★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2013 21

    "Russell's most exciting moments are three-layered: a familiar narrative or comic convention is exaggerated into a transgressive act, then grounded with a flurry of humanizing psychological detail."
    -Dan Sallitt, 2002.

    American Hustle would easily fit into the same realm as Pain & Gain, The Bling Ring, and Spring Breakers in the excess/over-belief in the American Dream run of films that amounted to a lot of pointless trend pieces this year. Like these films, it is also fueled through the specific vision…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 04 Aug, 2013 3

    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…