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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Apr, 2015

    Troubling, in the way most films about humans and AI make the AI more human than the humans. But hey, maybe we would be so dumb in our desperate attempt to make an alien consciousness map into our desires. Oops. Or maybe I’d like humans to get the benefit of the doubt, especially when we are dealing with some supposedly smart people here. It’s all done with aplomb though, even though Alex Garland only seems to know how to write…

  • Furious 7

    Furious 7 2015

    ★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2015

    Silly, over-the-top, and mostly fun, even though Jason Statham’s bad guy character is mostly wasted outside of a fun introduction during the opening credits. His penchant to always show up wherever our heroes are is hilarious, though, as well as the fact that most of the film is motivated by them getting a device that will help them track him down. But he’s literally always there! Also the comic relief was kind of flat this time around, and while the…

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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!

  • Spring

    Spring 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

    Perfectly lovely movie in which a couple of moderately talented filmmakers do their best BEFORE impression and throw in a monster. But it’s handled well, the well-worn “woman transforms into a man-eating monster” territory is subverted nicely, and it wound up become quite a charming, lovely film. This is not a world-changer by any means, but I ended up being wooed by the surprisingly low-key nature of this flick.