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  • Queen of Earth

    Queen of Earth 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    Not the best work from Alex Ross Perry narratively speaking with a lacking script that only momentarily displays flashes of weight in its dialogue. The film, however, might be Perry’s most accomplished project execution-wise which isn’t surprising considering the collaborative team he was able to assemble for Queen of Earth.

    Sean Price Williams continues to be one of the finest American cinematographers working today and his work here only further reinforces that claim. There’s nothing flashy about it, yet his…

  • Sabbatical

    Sabbatical 2014

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Aug, 2015

    Endless praise for the likes of Two Days, One Night, Phoenix, Wild Tales and other, assorted mehfests. Yet, this film can't even get released?

    That ending is special.

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 18 Feb, 2013 8

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Hard to Be a God

    Hard to Be a God 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Apr, 2014

    If you're ready for 3 hours of floundering in filth, staggerstumbling through the muck and mire shitscape that is Akanar, swathed in an incomprehensible steamfog, perpetually rolling through the frame, enveloping everyone and everything...Medieval times as alien...future as past...cyclical oppression and barbarinism shot through documentarian-observer style with reportage style camerawork showcasing cultural and academic destitution where the townfolk administer ladlefulls of a lacquerlike substance over an endless array of noosehung bodies transforming the swaying corpses into public ornaments sparkling in…