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  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2016

    Appropriately nutso, and I was thrilled that they never backed down from their insane premise all the way to the ridiculous ending. The sad lonely guy stuff wavered from touching to a bit too blunt, but always with that air of insanity hanging over it which made it more palatable even at its worst. Everyone here gives it their complete all. Even one hint of winking would have sunk this thing, Pretty strong proof that they are no bad premises, just bad movies.

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jun, 2016

    A far stronger first half, but there’s a lot of humor and pathos to be mined from this premise, so I didn’t mind the relative bloat. Fat Colin Farrell and John C. Reilly’s bewildered face will always be a highlight. I just thought that the community in the woods was just less thought out than the hotel, and the film suffered for it.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low 1963

    ★★★★★ Watched 12 Nov, 2013

    Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!

  • Next

    Next 2007

    ★★ Watched 11 Jan, 2016

    The shot of Nic Cage looking at Jessica Biel when the kid says, “he looks at you the way my brother looks at his girlfriend” belongs in the Louvre. Throw out the Mona Lisa. Throw it all out. We have reached the top.