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  • Attenberg 2010

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Mar, 2014

    I really like the way this uses Marina's perspective to make the human body and the things we do with it profoundly wierd. Marina, Bella and Sypros' exaggerated "animal" imitations are repeated so frequently that they become normal and seemingly regular human interactions become strange.

  • Manila in the Claws of Neon 1975

    Watched 15 Feb, 2014

    I have no idea how to rate this one because it falls into that category of noteworthy and accomplished films that are also really, really racist.

  • Dark Water 2002

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Dec, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Stoker 2013

    ★★½ Watched 06 Sep, 2013

    Park is still an electrifying stylist but everything he does here only emphasises just how on-the-nose and lurid (not in a good way) the script he's working from is. Terrific costumes though.

  • Penance 2012

    ★★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2013

    Be aware that if I was only rating the first segment (French Dolls) I would give it four, maybe four and a half, stars.

  • Vic+Flo Saw a Bear 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 08 Jun, 2013

    “I know. Horrible people like me don’t really exist.”

    Vic + Flo Saw a Bear is a deliciously strange film. At its centre is a lived in relationship portrayed by two actors turning in nuanced, understated performances. At its edges is an off-kilter world both charming (golf carts as a major means of transportation) and chilling (psychopaths with bear traps). The two shouldn’t work together but somehow they do.

    Perhaps it’s the women in the aforementioned relationship that make the…

  • The Rocket 2013

    ★★½ Watched 08 Jun, 2013

    Its subject is worthy, its director is more than capable and its child actors are as cute as any cherubs who’ve graced the screen. It’s no wonder then that I feel like a right curmudgeon for not being able to enjoy this fable of a cursed son trying to save his family and his sense of self.

    The biggest stumbling block for me is its tone. Ostensibly this is a pretty grim story of people coping with enormous loss; no…

  • The Loneliest Planet 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 31 Mar, 2013

    While the title is a good fit for this film a more accurate one might have been Rupture. This is not just because of The Incident, which creates a rupture in the protagonists’ relationship at the halfway mark of the film, but also because of Loktev's regular use of extreme long-shots. The most obvious point of these shots relates to the official title: they show how isolated these three people are in the magisterial Georgian landscape. But they're also about…

  • Zero Dark Thirty 2012

    ★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2013

    I did write a bunch of stuff but then I went and reread Vadim Rizov's notes and decided that what I'd written wasn't worth a damn.

  • I Saw the Devil 2010

    ★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2013

    Rote plot twists and suspense beats turn what should be an unnerving descent into moral hell into yet another tired revenge thriller. If Kim really wanted to put his hero through a meat grinder he could have made a noir film in which the protagonist is constantly, inexorably drawn towards his fate. Instead I Saw the Devil employs constant cat and mouse set pieces where the question is less about what will be left of the hero and more about…

  • Seven Psychopaths 2012

    ★★★ Watched 11 Nov, 2012

    Plays like a Cabin in the Woods for mouthy, British gangster films. Which is to say that it's often clever and funny but rarely more incisive then the average blog post bemoaning Guy Ritchie's oeuvre or lamenting the state of modern horror. I mean, pointing out that women rarely get substantial roles in crime films isn't exactly the stuff of which incisive critiques are made, and it doesn't help that, much like The Cabin in the Woods, it wants to have its objectifying cake and eat it too.

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2012

    I don't think that Beasts portrayal of: (a) People preferring to stay in their homes in the face of imminent danger even if it isn't the safest place and (b) their rejection of aid that didn’t include them in the decision making process of what was to be done and how amounts to the naive fantasy of self-sufficiency that its detractors insist it is.