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  • Don't Breathe

    Don't Breathe 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Aug, 2016

    What a year for claustrophobic thrillers huh? This is an excellent addition to the canon with pretty much unending tension once it kicks off, an excellent antagonist, and a fantastic, participatory camerawork. This movie was storyboarded and planned out to the nth degree and it shows. It may not be much more than a thrill ride, but it’s a near-perfectly designed one.

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 24 Aug, 2016

    It takes a while to reveal its entire hand (or maybe I’m just slow), but once I realized what this was doing and where it was going (without daring to take it back), I was floored. What a generous fable about stories and memories and being human and parents and family and loss and community, and it never, ever feels dumb. And it also is absolutely gorgeous to look at in every moment.

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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.