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  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Mar, 2015

    "mommy's consciousness test backup"

    surprisingly incisive exploration of the pros and cons of robotics/A.I. and its implications on humanity, dragging each concern to its logical/emotional conclusion - like all Blomkamp's films it's probably too violent for its own good, but at least here he's questioning its moral implications (admittedly not as much as he could've done) instead of simply revelling in it.

    also, Hugh Jackman's character is basically Iago in cargo shorts, and I love it.

  • The Green Ray

    The Green Ray 1986

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Mar, 2015

    stay green, make your own luck

  • Suicide Club

    Suicide Club 2001

    ★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2015


  • Only Yesterday

    Only Yesterday 1991

    Watched 24 Feb, 2015

    best end credits sequence ever?

  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief 1955

    Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    "the cat has a new kitten"

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    Watched 20 Feb, 2015

    "piss off and die, Ghostman."

  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Feb, 2015

    if only because I saw it recently, the "killing is what makes a soldier and destroys you as a man" line from Nicholas Ray's Bitter Victory kept flashing through my head while watching this - it's so anti-war it convinced people it wasn't. Weird to see Eastwood making something about a total absence of humanity, tho (I'm really not well-versed in his work so this could be bullshit, but at least his later stuff seems profoundly human - and this…

  • Bitter Victory

    Bitter Victory 1957

    ★★★★★ Watched 03 Feb, 2015

    "I kill the living and save the dead"

    What makes a coward?
    What makes a murderer?
    What makes a soldier?
    What is war?

    This film is stunning.

  • Drinking Buddies

    Drinking Buddies 2013

    ★★½ Rewatched 29 Jan, 2015

    drifts along nicely at a slack, chilled out pace without doing or saying much with/about the central relationship that isn't made clear in the first five/ten minutes. Swanberg's observational + expressive approach seems to gel reasonably well with me (car ride back from the cabin: Kendrick+Livingston in the front, sat upright, awake + thinking; Wilde+Johnson in the back, slumped down, sunglasses on, asleep, totally oblivious) but there has to be something more meaningful he can apply it to? Or maybe there's a more meaningful way he can apply it to something?

    It's hard to tell one way or the other, but this could've been great.

  • Femme Fatale

    Femme Fatale 2002

    ★★★★★ Watched 15 Jan, 2015 4

    both the least and the most "De Palma" De Palma has been, whatever that means

  • The Black Dahlia

    The Black Dahlia 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2015

    "come inside"

    no idea, but I get the impression that this is a movie I'll be happily trying to understand for a very, very long time

  • Tuesday, After Christmas

    Tuesday, After Christmas 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    some of the best use of hidden/restricted space outside of J-horror.