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  • Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2014 1

    Starts out like gangbusters, gets delightfully batty, and then gets the less good form of batty. It's a skewed, outsider's vision of a Hollywood action blockbuster in a superb setting. It never lets itself get too weird, but the weirdness that is there butts heads against the narrative conventions in such a entertainingly bizarre way. But eventually, the strains of the plot get to be a bit too much, even though I really enjoyed how details were slowly teased out with a little bit of misdirection until the final reveal. It has faults, but the inventiveness is worth the watch.

  • Coherence 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2014

    Truly outstanding, somehow shaping improvised acting and dialogue around a very precise concept all the while avoiding the pitfalls that most of these puzzle box movies here. This movie actually uses the puzzle to deepen the themes and develop the characters. The mystery isn't the key here, although it is heady and brilliant. The fun is how it is slowly revealed, and then lets it reflect off of and motivate the characters. Good stuff.

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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…