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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter 1955

    ★★★★★ Added

    I love this film, but I also admire it, its craft. From the cinematography, the built sets, the lighting, the movement (or deliberate lack thereof) to the carefully scripted and equally carefully spoken words. “The Night of the Hunter” is aesthetically pleasing on a level that very few works of art are.

    More words and some pictures here.

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 15 Mar, 2015

    What is more menacing than an avalanche moving slowly towards you?

    A camera doing just the same.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Mar, 2015

    A character in this movie describes a kind of scene that usually happens in these kinds of movies and then says "But this is not that kind of movie" and then the next thing that happens is literally that kind of scene.

    Many, many great parts that somehow add up to less than their sum. Still very enjoyable, but also quite erratic in its tone. More "Free Bird," less exposition would have been nice. And don't waste Jack Davenport like that.

  • The Woodsman

    The Woodsman 2004

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 07 Mar, 2015

    This shouldn't be so worthy of note - or rare, for that matter - but I was quite struck with how this film subverts traditional casting choices.

    Parts like Mos Def's (the cop) and Benjamin Pratt's (the brother-in-law) would have been played by white men in most movies. And apparently Eve's part was originally written as a white man until Kevin Bacon suggested her for the role.

    And none of their characters are defined by their race, either. Mos Def…

  • Rachel Getting Married

    Rachel Getting Married 2008

    ★★★★★ Added

    First entry into my Pantheon.

    The reason “Rachel Getting Married” became such an important film to me lies in the ways it portraits and deals with trauma, loss, and grief – by being a celebration of joy, love, and life. 2010 was a very bad year for me in a lot of ways, and this film gave me the opportunity to look at things in my own life through the lens of cinema. Things that were too close, too big, too powerful to observe directly.

    Read more here.

  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2015

    What do we talk about when we talk about “Birdman“?

    We latch onto the things we relate to, we recognize. What I saw in “Birdman” was a deeply troubled man who finds himself so tortured by depression – in his case personified by a long gone superhero alter ego that serves as constant reminder of the fame, the power, the endless possibilities that the march of time has taken from him – that he desperately clings to a last-ditch effort…

  • The Raid

    The Raid 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2015

    I wonder why the carefully choreographed dance of bodies in motion against each other is so satisfying to watch. But mostly I just enjoy it. This would make a nice double feature with Wim Wenders' "Pina."

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    Still looks like a guy in a suit.

  • Goodbye to Language 3D

    Goodbye to Language 3D 2014

    Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    Hey, Jean-Luc, I am not a horse!

  • Lucy

    Lucy 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 15 Jan, 2015

    Enjoyed this so much more the second time around, knowing I didn't have to worry about plot or logic and could just get lost in the fury of sounds and images.

  • The Time Machine

    The Time Machine 1960

    ★★★½ Rewatched 09 Jan, 2015

    Succeeds as curiosum, not necessarily as lasting cinema. A bleak vision of the future that actually paints a much bleaker portrait of the 1960's present. First act is poignant and quite beautiful, but the scenes in the distant future with the Eloi and Morlocks play more like a mediocre "Star Trek" episode. The portrayal of women, mostly through the "character" (if you can call her that) of Weena, is problematic in any time.

  • Wooden Crosses

    Wooden Crosses 1932

    ★★★★★ Watched 27 Dec, 2014

    So that's where Kubrick got that from.