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  • Experimenter

    Experimenter 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    The beginning 45 minutes or so, with the actual conducting of the experiment, are so astoundingly good, that I kinda forgive it for slightly slipping into the formulaic pitfalls of biopic storytelling. But what’s most ingenious is how Almereyda is able to inject the lessons of Milgram in the filmmaking itself, using weird, uncommented bits of artificiality and strangeness to pull back the curtain on the film, just as Milgram wanted to pull back the curtain on human behavior. A very creative solution to the biopic problem that so few filmmakers even try to solve.

  • Breathe

    Breathe 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    Impressive direction and performances keep what could have been a rote “poisonous friendship” story into something more knotty and enthralling, despite a disappointingly inevitable ending. Laurent’s strong directorial hand is the draw here, by far, and I’m excited to see where she goes from here.

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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.