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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water 2016

    ★★★ Watched 24 Sep, 2016

    Bleakness hits earlier than ever; men in the prime of their lives act as if they're already at the end, which is ultimately bound to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. I think the spareness of the narrative is meant to match the geographical confines of it, but this does leave it feeling a little underpowered. Buoyed by resonant perfs from Bridges and Pine, though Ben Foster's crackerjack lunacy is quite standard issue these days.

  • Blair Witch

    Blair Witch 2016

    ★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2016

    Fairly derivative but still highly effective; proof the formula works. Characters, though, ring with much less truth, both in performance and as written, which doesn't allow for nearly as much resonance.

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  • Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts 2012

    ★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2012 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the kind of wistful auburn drama that's so easy to watch, you feel harsh pointing out everything that's wrong with it. But it's so aware of being that kind of film, to the extent that the first piece of classical music that plays from Elizabeth Olsen's mixtape gift to Josh Radnor, soundtracking his journey back out of the rosy green backwoods of Ohio, is Beethoven's 'Pastoral' symphony. It's so deeply aware of itself that this mixtape becomes the…

  • Flesh for Frankenstein

    Flesh for Frankenstein 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2012

    To know death, Otto, you have to fuck life in the gall bladder!