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  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Did you know that news is sensational and will show things that people like to watch, even if they are not particularly nice things, because they need the ratings to stay alive? What a thought. So this film isn't particularly incisive, but it has an incredible performance by Jake Gyllenhaal as just the perfect type of unfeeling, corporate motivational speak babbling, empty smiling sociopath ready to capitalize on it all. His performance is masterful and hypnotizing, and he drives this movie to heights that it otherwise wouldn't have touched.

  • John Wick 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Nov, 2014

    I think what I dug most about this one (I mean, besides the stylish, streamlined, no nonsense action) is the idea that there's a bigger world at play here, and this is just one story from this universe. Which is nice. Sometimes a movie just tells a story and it literally only exists to show what's in the frame, but there's stuff going on here outside the edges that give a lot more flavor to a pretty straightforward revenge action picture. A little bit of that goes a long way.

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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…