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  • Jeu 2006

    ★★★ Watched 09 Sep, 2014

    Happened upon this one through Sally Jane Black's review, due mostly to the fact that I wanted to figure the puzzle video game mentioned as I saw that opening sentence as a call to action.

    I'm not sure what the puzzle video game is...I have failed.

    On the other hand, the incessantly shifting landscapes and shapescapes present in Schwizgebel's Jeu are fluidly hypnotic in a way. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of the crudely constructed characters, the color palette or any of the artwork in general. However, the shifting images evoked a praxinoscope so there's that...

  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Sep, 2014

    "Hey, you guys got Zima?" - Eric Deeds (Matthias Schoenaerts)

    The Drop is a bit of a disappointment in the terms of imagery since it features the same Michael R. Roskam and Nicolas Karakatsanis team-up as Bullhead, yet none of the fantastic nocturnal cinematography found within Bullhead. Instead it's been replaced with focal tricks that last well beyond their welcome and nothing else really in the visual department.

    As for your standard genre fare, The Drop happens to be far…

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  • 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…

  • Full Metal Jacket 1987

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Sep, 2014 2

    Second time around with Full Metal Jacket and I must say it was an exhausting experience watching Matthew Modine's excruciating performance along with one of the worse uses of voice-over. I'm not sure if the film is influencing Modine or vice versa but the levels of disinterest on display are infectious as it permeates throughout the film, through my screen and into my being, leaving me unengaged and apathetic as I sat before a series of images set to terrible…