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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 May, 2015

    First viewing put me in natural awe of the madness and carnage on display, believing that my screen could ignite and explode at any point. This time, I'm struck by the all-encompassing humaneness that holds the proceedings together like a dirty, worn stitch. Ideals and beliefs aren't enough, it's the accumulated sweat, blood and labor that ultimately means the most in the end. The action, the job, the survival tactics, the union of hands and eyes in favor of words,…

  • Déjà Vu

    Déjà Vu 2006

    Rewatched 03 May, 2015

    Mind, body, and spirit.

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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat 2015

    Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    "It's all about if I can get close enough, fast enough."

    There's no trace of the mythic in Mann's contemporary universe, only strict instances of action and reaction swirling around to dizzying effect. The visceral and physical escalation bubbles up to the surface and leaves a lasting, personal mark. Moments of romance are present but brief: Hemsworth's Hathaway surveying his lover's neckline and skin (Claire Denis has mastered this by now), or the same couple holding each other late in…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense 1984

    Watched 06 Feb, 2015 3

    I don't know. I've had a pretty shitty last few weeks and this made me tremendously, near tears happy. Deceptively simple yet honest and true, Demme creates an intimacy onstage without installing quick, jittery cuts and shots of the audience. It's all about the crazy dynamics of the performance. The camera captures motion and expression & unison between performer and instrument with tremendous ease. It all flows with natural grace and a fever of cool (that lamp dance!). The joy is…