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  • 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…

  • Blackhat 2015

    Rewatched 19 Jan, 2015

    There's a thin line between not existing on the grid and living passionately, profusely -- always moving. The last 30 minutes of this are fierce, emotive, and profound. A second viewing firmly cements this as something special. Other small revelations this time around: the foreboding and sad eyes of Viola Davis all throughout, the way Mann briefly lingers on a billboard ad for a wristwatch through a window in the background ("time is luck" always present), and an overhead shot…