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  • The Green Hornet 2011

    ★½ Watched 17 Apr, 2014

    This appears to be a parody or "deconstruction" of super-hero origin stories. You know how sometimes you start deconstructing a subject, and you keep deconstructing and deconstructing, until you go so far that the subject just loses all meaning and significance? This is that movie.

  • Anna Karenina 2012

    ★★ Watched 09 Mar, 2014

    A triumph of aestheticism over story, which of course means that it's dull as hell. I admire Joe Wright's willingness to experiment, but he has never been especially consistent about his formalism (the "stage play" conceit disappears from the film frequently for no discernible reason) and virtually every technique employed here serves to distance the audience from the characters and obscure narrative clarity, leaving you with something that can be appreciated intellectually but is never felt in your gut. The…

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  • Linda Linda Linda 2005

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 17 Jun, 2012

    A fantastic little story about teenage girls who try to learn a few rock songs in advance of a school festival. It doesn't sound like much on paper, but it is beautifully executed on screen: characters who are quirky and unique but have depth, an unobtrusive and bare-bones filmmaking style that nevertheless seems to always find director Yamashita picking the right shot, and fantastic music. Listen to the title track as performed by the film's actresses and as performed by…

  • Looper 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Nov, 2012

    Johnson's excellent formal control is once again on full display, as is his penchant for hard-boiled dialogue and old-fashioned production design. I love the way that "futuristic" details are just alluded to as part of the film's universe and not fussed over, just as it would be in a real futuristic society. As for the story, I think it's an original and effective take on the "time travel" yarn, one that smartly does not get bogged down in details over…