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  • Blue Ruin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    Ordinary guy with no core level of competency gets in a violent situation way over his head and who knows when he might fuck up next. Turns out this is a nailbiter. Give a good idea 90 minutes to play around with and that's all you need, you know.

  • Taxi Driver 1976

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Aug, 2014

    All the more frighteningly relevant as we actually have disturbed men going around killing people because they think women owe them a date. This film actually cares enough to go deep inside the psyche of an extremely damaged person... and then notes how that person exists inside of every man. Which, of course, makes it a bleak, disturbing film, but also, an essential one. Also, I'm pretty sure Tommy Wiseau based his entire life on Harvey Keitel's character.

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  • 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!

  • Drug War 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2014

    My first Johnnie To and I'm very, very impressed. A supremely tightly constructed thriller (possibly one of the tightest I've ever seen) which wastes not a single breath in setting up the pieces and putting them at odds with each other. It's so ruthlessly efficient that it's easy to look over the intelligence that's going on underneath, too, all culminating in a brutal, visceral final shootout that not only is an exercise in cleanly shot, thrilling action but a true…