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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs 1991

    ★★★★ Rewatched 19 Mar, 2016

    First viewing in 20 years. I'd guess 30% of the shots in this film are closeups of faces directly addressing the camera. So strange. Can't think of another movie quite like it.

  • Mekong Hotel

    Mekong Hotel 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Sep, 2012

    Mekong Hotel is a small film. It feels homemade, even by Apitchatpong’s small-scale standards. But I found it really moving, especially the final few minutes, when the ghosts that have haunted so much of Apitchatpong’s recent work are embodied by a mother and daughter, who mourn for all of the mothers and daughters who have been lost in Thailand’s tragic past. “Daughter, I miss you,” she says. “I hate that my life has become this,” she says. Apitchatpong has a kind of super-human sensitivity and attentiveness to beauty and sorrow. I’m beginning to think of him as the other side of the David Lynch coin.

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  • Gravity

    Gravity 2013

    ★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2013 1

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I don't even know how to watch movies like this anymore. I assume this script is what happens when you decide to make a small character film that requires tens of millions of dollars' worth of special effects. I kept thinking about the Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts movie at the end of The Player.

    I've come up with one scenario where this film isn't aggressively stupid. You know how the entire script is built around the idea that Sandra…

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 12 May, 2013 1

    This might be the shit-filled Malick film I was looking for.