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  • Elle

    Elle 2016

    ★★★½ Added

    Genuinely strange--there are a number of story lines which end up being pretty inconsequential, and there's really no consistent thematic (the "shame" line is less a skeleton key than an excuse for Verhoeven's perverse imagination). But it's a lot of fun, and works much better than BASIC INSTINCT.

  • Creed

    Creed 2015

    ★★★½ Added

    As many have said, this is just so much better than it needed to be. I particularly like that the film, at least early on, is comically realistic about the stupidity of a privileged person choosing boxing. Every football movie should have a scene where everyone acknowledges that what's going on is kind of fucked up.

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  • Victoria

    Victoria 2015

    ★★★ Added

    Great stunt, decent film. Ironically, VICTORIA is at its best when flouting the hyper-immediate realism that its single take brings (viz. sequences where Frahm's score drowns out diegetic sound, the opening scene). Also, goes about 30 minutes too long, foregoing the chance to end on a high note. Fun, exhausting.

  • The Strange Little Cat

    The Strange Little Cat 2013

    ★★★★½ Added

    Stunning and endlessly rewarding even if this were only a formal exercise, but this builds to leave a rather intangible, devestating impression. The film captures the transience of individual moments with heartbreaking sincerity. The mother is upset that her youngest daughter's early scribblings were thrown away until she is reminded that her other children's mementoes are now sitting in a box in the basement. All is ephemeral.