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  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show 1998

    ★★★½ Rewatched 16 Jul, 2016

    A super bizarre mix of truly subversive, intriguing material and Hollywood pandering. There is, of course, really interesting stuff in here. But a lot of it is handled with so much gloss and speed that it’s hard to really dig deep into the scenario. It’s also unhelpful that the events the movie actually depicts are probably the most uninterestingly predictable of Truman’s (potential) full story. There are some juicy bits in here, but they are just that... bits.

  • Take This Waltz

    Take This Waltz 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Jul, 2016

    This is a film and subject matter that I may never be adequately able to endure with any sort of levelheadedness. I appreciated how Polley treated her characters and this situation (although it’s nothing new, Polley’s depth of feeling and humanity is truly unique). I thought the acting (especially that of Seth Rogen) was outstanding. And I was utterly destroyed and heartbroken throughout.

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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.