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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 11 Oct, 2015

    No, no, you've done it all wrong, movie. You were supposed to be a chilly, abstract aesthetic exercise masquerading as high-class smut, or vice versa. Not a warm, refreshingly honest, frequently hilarious, deeply human story about true love and the communication and compromise necessary to make that love last.

    I mean honestly, how difficult can it be to not construct a lovingly detailed, visually and aurally lush fantasy world whose very specificity and surreality paradoxically highlight how emotionally grounded and…

  • If....

    If.... 1968

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Jun, 2015

    As is the case in all-time personal favorite The 400 Blows, healthy chunks of this film are ripped wholesale from Jean Vigo's 1933 short "Zero for Conduct." In fact, If.... is often considered a remake of Vigo's film as they share the same basic plot structure. But the earlier film's anarchic sensibilities are mostly playful in nature, a pure celebration of youthful rebellion in the face of repressive authority. Anderson's take on this material is far grimmer and angrier, a…

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  • Stalker

    Stalker 1979

    ★★★★ Watched 21 May, 2015

    Like The Wizard of Oz but with existential dread instead of flying monkeys. Still not sure which is more terrifying.

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jun, 2014

    How can I type this review if I have two good arms?