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  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★½ Watched 15 Dec, 2013

    Conceptually fascinating, I found the film itself to be ultimately pretty tedious.

  • The Iceman

    The Iceman 2012

    ★★½ Watched 16 Dec, 2013

    A good performance from Michael Shannon, but the film overall feels like it aspires to be a Martin Scorsese movie, but can't achieve that aspiration because, well, it's not a Martin Scorsese movie.

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  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 24 Oct, 2013

    A very different experience at home than in the theatre, despite a pretty big TV and good speakers — it's a film that aspires to, and usually achieves, hugeness, and as such the bigger the screen, the better. (I'm sorry not to have seen it on IMAX, and I rarely say that.)

    But in the smaller, more intimate space of the living room, it revealed new wonders. The story and characters remain as predictable/familiar as before, but there's a certain…

  • Night at the Crossroads

    Night at the Crossroads 1932

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Dec, 2011

    Strange early Renoir -- a sort of pre-noir exploitation of noir tropes, or maybe itself nascent noir, something halfway between Dreyer's Vampyr and Hawks' The Big Sleep. There's one reel reportedly missing, lost to the ages, but I haven't any idea where it would fit into the film -- the editing is so raw that it's really primitive in its flow (anti-flow) and the plot is so mixed up that we hardly miss any points. The narrative is disconnected, but…