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  • Nerve

    Nerve 2016

    Watched 28 Jul, 2016 1

    I knew this would be a letdown when in the first ten minutes, Emma Roberts is surfing The Huffington Post website and in the bottom right-hand corner there's a headline that reads "Is James Franco Too Smart?"

  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups 2015

    Rewatched 20 Jul, 2016 3

    Wanted to distance myself greatly from this before giving it a second look, and it paid off immensely. Admittedly, my first viewing was on my laptop (also did this with To the Wonder, which did it no favors, and I vow to never do it again with a Malick first viewing) where I was taken with a bunch of images but remained increasingly isolated from the whole. Bale's "Crying Jordan" protagonist felt far removed from me in the same way…

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  • Queen of Earth

    Queen of Earth 2015

    Watched 30 Aug, 2015

    Katherine Waterston's failed attempt to get the lights off in her bedroom by throwing a pillow at the light switch is one of the realest things I've ever seen.

  • 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…