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  • Goodbye to Language 3D 2014

    ★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    Godard is a dog person, go figure. My eyes hurt. I tried, I failed, but I'm glad I saw it. Whatever it was.

  • Birdman 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 27 Oct, 2014

    Its reach far exceeds its grasp. Loads of style, some fantastic performances, and nothing much to say. But there is pleasure in hearing a great storyteller tell a story you've heard a hundred times before, even if the story is not particularly all that great.

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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…