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  • Mekong Hotel

    Mekong Hotel 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2016

    What to make of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's pseudo-documentary whatsit? Shot in 2012, but only just now receiving an American theatrical release as part of a Weerasethakul retrospective in conjunction with his latest film, CEMETERY OF SPLENDOR, MEKONG HOTEL is a strange work even by the Thai director's usual standards. There are ghosts who eat entrails, a mother and daughter team discovering the truth about the mother's origins. The daughter's boyfriend becoming possessed by the mother's spirit. Actors milling about, musing about…

  • Embrace of the Serpent

    Embrace of the Serpent 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2016

    A white scientist travels into the heart of the Amazon in search of a forgotten plant, said to possess healing qualities by the journal of a white explorer of another generation. They are both guided down the river by Karamakate, a native shaman, the last of his kind, who connects these two journeys as both an angry young man, and a wise old man. Along they way they discover the toll of European colonization and the true cost of imperialism,…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.