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  • Draft Day 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Sep, 2014

    The surprise of the year. Sharply written, expertly paced and acted moral tale about following your gut vs. relinquishing control to mass/media hysteria. Has a real Pakula vibe going on in that it explores the processes of professional compromise through a sincerely rendered human perspective. Costner is excellent here, an old school warrior burned by his origin ideology and momentarily swayed by the new religion of hype. A football film without any football but plenty of verbal collisions and mental spin moves.

  • Starred Up 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 02 Sep, 2014

    The roughest elementary school in cinema history.

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    A wasted opportunity considering the JGL thread is really good. Rodriguez just doesn't have the balls to make an entire film with that sort of true grit. The rest is just Film Noir for dummies.

  • Love Streams 1984

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    "Where's the duck?"

  • Husbands 1970

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    If HARD TO BE A GOD were a subversive modern critique of male insecurity and vileness.

  • You Instead 2011

    ★★½ Watched 25 Aug, 2014

    Fluff, but occasionally really interesting. Music seen as an apocalyptic force that reveals true love and false desire.

  • The Last Great Wilderness 2002

    ★★★ Watched 21 Aug, 2014

    An insanely strange debut that looks so ugly it might be kind of beautiful.

  • Perfect Sense 2011

    ★★★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2014

    The world's slow, unflinching breakdown interrupted by harmonious gasps of reconciliation, rejuvenation, and remembrance. Wonderful.

  • Spread 2009

    ★★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    Visually Mackenzie's most ravishing piece, at least until the shitheel hero grows a soul. The director's shift in setting (from Scotland to Hollywood baby) allows him to juxtapose his ongoing obsession with internal confusion and regret with a glamourous facade that rejects any notion of feeling in the first place. He's essentially made a Paul Schrader joint yet retained his own style. A weird film.

  • Young Adam 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Aug, 2014

    Tough as nails. A great performance from Ewan McGregor who perfectly encapsulates Mackenzie's ongoing dissection of male indecision/carnality.

  • Asylum 2005

    ★★½ Watched 18 Aug, 2014

    Mackenzie's version of Merchant-Ivory isn't nearly as salacious as I'd hoped, but fits nicely within his overall thematic interests.

  • Sorcerer 1977

    ★★★★ Rewatched 17 Aug, 2014

    The hard way.