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  • Everest

    Everest 2015

    ★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2016

    Surprisingly effective masculine melodrama that ascends quickly and then descends like a slow motion horror film. Good performances, restrained editing, insanely epic cinematography. The final third is a knockout.

  • Triple 9

    Triple 9 2016

    ★★½ Watched 23 Feb, 2016

    There's something interesting going on here, but I'm still struggling to pinpoint what that is exactly. It's a bleak, no-nonsense, bruising drama that, like LAWLESS, is multiple movies in one competing for attention. But the genre tensions more or less live within the same tonal register.

    Hillcoat creates a mosaic of warnings, escalations, unjustified violence committed to prove a point. For what? Our post-Iraq world is essentially a series of dead-ends, meager betrayals, shallow alliances between "brothers-in-arms." I'm fascinated by…

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  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2013 1

    In this postmodern acid wash nightmare called 21st century America, some of us no longer have the ability to register rock bottom. We just spiral deeper into the neon abyss, documenting our own demise by way of pop culture and ego and delusion. Complex emotion is meaningless. The momentum of deceit is unstoppable. Those contemplating the limits of excess are either delusional or weak, unnecessary, disposable. As a result, the Culture teaches us to be cold, unfeeling, and obsessive to the pursuit of nothing else but those boobies y'all. We are what we lust after, and we are lusting after self-destruction. Mission Accomplished.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jan, 2015 2

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

    The highs of low tech, the lows of high tech. Sensory clashes overwhelm plot. Mann's first pure romance film since MOHICANS. The action scenes are expectedly great, but there's a new wrinkle of humanity and romanticism here. At one point a character has just confessed her husband died in 9/11, then seconds later she lies on the ground riddled with bullets. Mann cuts from a CU of her face to a POV of a massive skyscraper, inferring the end of…