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  • Black Moon 1975

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Apr, 2014

    [review Thursday]

  • Samson and Delilah 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Apr, 2014

    [review to be posted Thursday]

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 05 Apr, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Her 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Mar, 2014

    [Review pending]

  • Zazie dans le métro 1960

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Mar, 2014

    How to explain Zazie dans le metro to a modern audience? Caro et Jeunet meets Chuck Jones with a dash of the Zucker brothers' Top Secret.

    Or something like that.

    Based on the book by Raymond Queneau, the film features 10 year old Zazie, who has to stay in Paris with her Uncle Gabriel for two days while her mother spends some time with her new boyfriend. Zazie determines to explore Paris, in which she has various adventures, as her…

  • Rabbit à la Berlin 2009

    ★★ Added

    Rabbit a la Berlin, along with the companion film at the 10 March screening of the Wellington Film Society, Esterhazy, is a short inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the fact that large rabbit populations were actually quite happy in the no man's land between East and West Germany.

    Like Esterhazy, Rabbit a la Berlin makes a kind of social allegory out of the rabbits situated, indeed prospering, in the 'death zone' between East and West Berlin…

  • Esterhazy 2009

    ★★★ Watched 10 Mar, 2014

    Esterhazy, along with the companion film at the 10 March screening of the Wellington Film Society, Rabbit a la Berlin, is a short inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War (or so we thought - thanks Putin for bringing that one back up again!) and the fact that large rabbit populations were actually quite happy in the no man's land between East and West Germany.

    Given my general dislike for both claymation and…

  • Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★★ Watched 03 Mar, 2014

    The notion to build a horror film around a foley artist working on a horror film is genius - one the best "meta" or "postmodern" narrative ideas ever. The final result is sound (sorry) but not striking, mostly due to a third act and denouement that's interesting, but nothing more.

  • Eureka 1983

    ★★ Watched 24 Mar, 2014

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street 2013

    ★★½ Watched 11 Feb, 2014

    A number of critics have pointed pointed out that WoWS is similar to Scorsese's other "rise and fall" films - in particular calling it Goodfellas on Wall Street, or Goodfellas as a comedy.

    It's based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who started a 'pump and dump' scheme involving pushing near valueless penny stocks.

    Leonardo DiCaprio plays Belfort in a very good performance. (This, and his underrated performance in Inception, have made me change my mind about…

  • Nebraska 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Feb, 2014

    In NEBRASKA Woody (Bruce Dern) determinedly believes he's won a million dollars. His wife (June Squibb) and sons Ross (Bob Odenkirk) and David (Will Forte) know it's a magazine subscription scam (a la Readers' Digest). David decides to resolve the impasse by agreeing to take Woody to Nebraska to claim the purported prise. After a roadtrip to his old hometown, Woody's old "friends", family and acquaintances all do their best to remind Woody what he supposedly owes them.

    The family…

  • Short Term 12 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2014

    My first time to the cinema this year, and it was a great way to start.

    Short Term 12 is a 'slice of life' style drama set at a southern California home for at-risk teens. Grace (Brie Larson) has dedicated her life - well, all of, what, 25 years? - to providing a safe interim environment for young people, and to helping them return to the community.

    It's a semi-ensemble work; Grace is certainly the main character, but the film…