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  • Heaven Knows What

    Heaven Knows What 2014

    Rewatched 22 Aug, 2015

    A movie you feel in your bones. Mad love and restless addiction are foregrounded and handled with obvious care and truth, no small achievement given the miserablist portraits too commonly doled out in contemporary independent cinema, but what I think the Safdies are really after is this idea of the beauty behind a common hustle, the phantoms that haunt us and drive us mad, and the deranged and alien soundscapes that make weird sense of it all; there's also the…

  • Wanda

    Wanda 1970

    Watched 13 Aug, 2015

    Another beer, another cigarette. Always a minute away from disappearing completely.

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  • Ricki and the Flash

    Ricki and the Flash 2015

    Watched 07 Aug, 2015 1

    I'll be honest, I started writing some of this review in my head before I saw the film because of my deep love for Demme and generally knowing what to expect (even the trailer slays me in a small way), but it is this perpetual concern and ability to evoke warmness and decency and (and by the end) communal cohesion that puts me in such a warm and comfortable place that I never want to exit from when watching his…

  • 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…