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  • All That Jazz 1979

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2014

    "It's showtime folks!" One of the quintessential films about show business, Bob Fosse's dazzlingly meta-theatrical fantasia is a semi-autobiographical tale of a hard drinking, pill popping, womanizing theatre director (Roy Scheider) trying to balance his personal life with the increasing demands of his artistic career. A mesmerizing portrait of artistic obsession, ALL THAT JAZZ deftly blurs the lines between the fantasy of the stage and the reality offstage, bringing the inner life of an artist to life through a series of brilliantly staged musical numbers. A deeply personal tribute to the beautifully destructive power of art.

  • The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears 2013

    Watched 21 Aug, 2014

    I was a fan of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's last effort, AMER, which told the story of a young woman's discovery of her sexuality through the filter of Italian giallo horror. Their latest trip to the giallo well, however, is much less successful. Less psychosexual and more just psycho, THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS takes its avant-garde tropes away from the surrealistic psychology of AMER and almost into dada territory. There's a certain Theatre of Cruelty element…

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  • ParaNorman 2012

    ★★★★½ Added

    Absolutely fantastic animated film about a little boy who can talk to ghosts, yet finds himself the source of ridicule for everyone in town. But when an ancient curse is unleashed, he may be the only one who is able to stop it. Paying homage to classic horror, this gleefully macabre fable spins a surprisingly rich tale about warping history and the consequences of bullying. Beautifully animated & endlessly clever.

  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jul, 2014 1

    A homeless drifter seeks revenge for the death of his parents after the murderer is released from prison in Jeremy Saulnier's quietly explosive thriller. Deftly explores the consequences of violence, both physical and psychological, as the cycle of revenge widens and exacts its toll. Saulnier stages the violence of BLUE RUIN with a brutal matter-of-factness. Violence is an ugly, soul killing business, its cost written across the protagonist's haunted face. A razor sharp, slow burning Southern gothic morality play where no one gets away clean.