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  • Inherent Vice 2014

    Watched 09 Jan, 2015

    Fitting well within the various P.I. referenced work (including a slight, yet welcomed, incorporation of Midnight Run), P.T. takes the genre back into the realms that ignite a necessary truth within such genre's storytelling form: a narrative thread that necessitates the kind of work on part of the audience that is expected of the protagonist. While this not only initiates problem solving skills that unite viewership with protagonist, it becomes an appropriate form in which to situate, and legitimize, the…

  • Interstellar 2014

    Watched 29 Dec, 2014 2

    It is ironically unfortunate that Interstellar has, itself, become a black hole that has consumed a great deal of effort and philosophy that does not yield the promised intentions and has, coincidentally, demonstrated a less-than-effective (or efficient) use of ‘time’ than his referential sci-fi predecessors. None-the-less, the picture does illustrate some interesting contemporary tendencies within the genre, which will hopefully incite and inspire the future, which is perhaps the only way in which Nolan’s ideologies are consistent in this vision.…

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  • Inglourious Basterds 2009

    Watched 25 May, 2012 3

    While this is perhaps not the most interesting (nor masterful) of Tarantino’s works, it does have very interesting, if not expected inter-textuality, yet what does seem to receive little attention are the ways in which he makes subtle statements about war.

    While at the conclusion of the picture it becomes clear Basterds is just as much about the political strategy of the United States during World War II as it is present day. This is clear through the manner by…

  • Psycho 1998

    Watched 28 Aug, 2012

    While most reactions towards this version are dismissive complaints about the purity behind the “shot-for-shot” intentions or the shift in performance, what is uniquely illuminating about Van Sant’s rendition of “Psycho,” lies in what it reveals as instinctive to the formalism of nineties filmmaking.

    What makes Hitchcock’s Psycho so strong are the specific kinds of details that add up to reveal the subtle shifts in thought that guide a person in a direction that is unexpected and an unforeseen result…