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  • Insomnia

    Insomnia 2002

    ★★★ Rewatched 23 Jun, 2015

    As lackluster as I recalled. Waking out of this in 2002 expecting "the new movie from the guy who made Memento" must have been a massive letdown.

  • Dope

    Dope 2015

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jun, 2015 3

    A melodrama masquerading as a comedy.
    There is a lot of good stuff here, but all of that is burdened by a weak script and really rough editing.

    Pharrell offers some catchy original tracks to accompany a pervasive collection of 90s hip hop, but his contribution to the on-screen band, Oreo, creates a dissonance between the kids performing on screen and the music the audience hears. It never once feels like a punk garage band from Inglewood. It feels like,…

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  • Shame

    Shame 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2012

    A powerful portrait of sexual addiction. Michael Fassbender gives his most captivating performance (of so many) of the year as Brandon, a man drowning in emotionless rage. McQueen's use of camera placement puts the audience intimately close to Brandon, creating a simultaneously repulsive yet engrossing experience.

    The gorgeously gritty images of New York City and Brandon's inability to connect with anyone, not even himself, create a film that feels like an update to the world of Travis Bickle. The streets…

  • Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 1966

    ★½ Watched 05 Jan, 2012 1

    Well... That whomped. Truffaut + (Future-dystopia + the 60s) = a pretty awful idea. Honestly that equation probably works just the same without throwing Truffaut into it, but as the director and a screenwriters he must be held responsible. Why are there soooo many shots of the fire truck speeding to its location? Why did it all look like a sitcom set? Why does the future look so much like the 60s? Why did no one even try to get…