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  • After Hours 1985

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Feb, 2015

    Scorsese's funniest movie? I laughed a lot, anyway, as he perfectly captures that feeling of a night going off the rails in pretty much every way, and then spins it off into increasingly bizarre circumstances. My office being in Soho, it was a lot of fun recognizing all the addresses and streets, and be like, whoa that neighborhood was a lot different in the 80s. Getting stuck in Soho for the night nowadays would just be excruciatingly boring, mostly. The…

  • The Hustler 1961

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Feb, 2015

    The first 30 minutes is devoted entirely to playing pool and it is pretty amazing to sit in this room with these actors just fully diving into it. But after that, we're into pretty well trodden melodrama territory, and while yes, it is well done, the dance is all too familiar and everyone besides Fast Eddie is just a piece to move around on the board as needed. Imagine how good this movie would have been if they decided to treat Piper Laurie's character like the real human being they hint at initially.

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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!

  • Frank 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Feb, 2015

    A movie about the "not everyone" from the Anton Ego quote from RATATOUILLE: "Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere." Which I mean, swell idea, have this guy come to terms that he can't hack it, that genius doesn't have any one origin, nor can it be "worked hard" into being. And this film mostly does it well, mostly because of Fassbender, but everyone else in this film is so damn unlikable.…