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  • Arrival

    Arrival 2016

    Watched 11 Nov, 2016

    Arrival is a strange film. Half of it works very well, half doesn’t – but the good half is dependent upon everything in the bad half. You can’t snip and salvage this film, unfortunately, and it ends up being another in a long string of Denis Villeneuve films that leave you impressed but wondering when he’ll finally make good on his promise.

    Amy Adams, an actress who usually radiates with warmth, is here constrained to grief and weariness for much…

  • Fatal Attraction

    Fatal Attraction 1987

    Watched 10 Sep, 2016

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

    A film much-criticized, apparently, for its gender politics and for its last-minute ending. True, the released film leaves hanging the symbolic thread of Madame Butterfly, as we've been lead to expect Alex, Close's character, to commit suicide. And the Les Diabolique-esque rise from the water, whilst as good a jump scare as you're likely to find, is a jump scare nonetheless.

    But if Alex committed suicide, the film would likely land as its feminist critics have suggested it does -…

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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men 2006

    Watched 21 Apr, 2013 14

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

    "As the sound of the playgrounds faded, the despair set in. Very odd what happens in a world without children's voices. I was there at the end."
    "Now you're gonna be there at the beginning."

    Children of Men is undoubtedly a great film. Not because of the sci-fi world created, which is among the most haunting and complex post-apocalyptic murals painted. Not because of the premise, which finds earth infertile and uncaring. Not even because of the film's technical mastery,…

  • American Beauty

    American Beauty 1999

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    It begins with the voice over of a dead man. If you recall, Billy Wilder’s black comic masterpiece Sunset Blvd. also begins with narration courtesy of a corpse. Like William Holden and Gloria Swanson in American Beauty‘s cinematic ancestor, the film finds the flailing suburban bore Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) dangerously mismatched with the manic energy of his ambitious but quickly aging wife Carolyn (Annette Bening). As we’ve been told, their marriage will lead to murder, but we realize that…