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  • Warrior 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 12 Mar, 2013

    I’ve raved about this movie before. A few things I appreciate on third viewing… 1. The efficiency of the startup. A few bits of dialogue, usually barbs hinting at old wounds. Some are too vague to be effective (“That shit you pulled”), but some are so wincingly perfect for character and delivery (“Must be tough to find a girl who could take a punch nowadays.”) 2. Shot, reverse-shot. Sports movies have to deliver on dialogue when you’re not at the…

  • Warrior 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 14 Dec, 2012

    So good, you guys. I love this movie. It does nothing you don’t expect but it does it all so well. Like Umberto Eco says, "When all the archetypes burst in shamelessly, we reach Homeric depths. Two cliches make us laugh. A hundred cliches move us."

  • Warrior 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Sep, 2012

    Some plot points are about subtle as a kick to the head, but the power is there, too. Much, much better than I expected, thanks to a great cast and a great pace. You don't want either guy to lose.

  • Contagion 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Aug, 2012

    Pretty good. Deliberate, precise, dispassionate. It’s not a weepy melodrama. The point is to get a sense of all the moving parts. I’d call it scifi, but in the less-fantastical sense of exploring a hypothetical that isn’t (yet!?!!?!?!) true. Jude Law’s blogger/gadfly was a hoot. Another good score by Cliff Martinez (who also did Drive). This is only the third Steven Soderbergh movie for me, outside of the Ocean’s trilogy.

  • Headhunters 2011

    ★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2012

    You can’t help but love an art thief. There’s some solid heist/chase fundamentals in here, as well as some whaaaa? gross-out moments and dark humor. I love how it plays with your assumptions about character and plot. Good stuff.

  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011

    ★★ Watched 06 Jun, 2012

    Nothing incredible, but it checks all the boxes. The pivotal moment is done really well. So is the final scene on the bridge.

  • Captain America: The First Avenger 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Jun, 2012 1

    Pleasantly surprised by this one. You’ve got a solid underdog story, with an arc from bumbling to confident. The love interest wasn’t treated as typically as I expected. There was some blood spray and general grittiness that, coupled with the cutting-edge 1940s tech and throwback look, was really satisfying. I always loved that Captain America carried a gun. And they took some breaks for musical comedy! I understand and appreciate his role in the movie, but I wish they’d eased…

  • Another Earth 2011

    ★★★ Watched 09 Jun, 2012

    This was just slightly too melodramatic for me, and thus I found it better as a source of ideas and food-for-thought than as general dramatic entertainment. Strong acting from the leads, though, and I appreciate that focus on only a pair of charactrers. I would have like less handheld camera. Good soundtrack.

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi 2011

    ★★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2012

    80 minutes of rapturous fawning and food porn! I liked it.

  • Melancholia 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 28 Nov, 2012

    I like it even more on second viewing, especially after reading Steven Shaviro’s essay. reframe.sussex.ac.uk/sequence1/1-1-melancholia-or-the-romantic-anti-sublime/

  • Melancholia 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 06 May, 2012

    I really wish I’d seen this on the big screen. Depression, death and the end of life on Earth! Some parallel construction here with Antichrist: the super-slow-motion theatrical overture and introduction of themes, and then a brief journey to an isolated setting where the rest of the film takes place. It’s like Trier is controlling the variables of society, technology, etc. so he can run this storytelling experiment on three subjects. Speaking of, great cast. Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and…

  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 05 Jun, 2012

    Second viewing. I told myself I was just going to watch the opening scenes again, but I kept going. This time around I find myself enjoying the directing and mechanics even more and the plot/characters so much less. I can’t handle the beach scene. Still, those first 20-40 minutes? That’s some good stuff.