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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    ★★★★ Added

    Only comparing because I saw them consecutively, but I seem to be one of the strange folk who prefer this to Mad Max: Fury Road (which is not to slight the latter). This is catnip for hardcore Mann auteurists, but more than that it's one of the best recent films to attempt to provide a "cognitive map" for the current geopolitical moment. The sequences that highlight the materiality of computer hardware are stunning. The Hemsworth-Wei subplot is trifling, but the love scenes are breathtakingly sensual.

  • It Follows

    It Follows 2014

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    Hard not to love a horror film with content that motivates slow, 360-degree takes.

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  • 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.

  • My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady 1964

    ★★★ Added

    Unjustifiably bloated with musical numbers, some of which follow from each other with no respite. A few of the routines are fun, but I mostly was wishing for a straight adaptation of the play. Audrey Hepburn miscast up until she becomes 'ladylike.' The changed ending is pretty infuriating, undercutting both the mythological source and much of the play's social critique.