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  • Room

    Room 2015

    ★★★ Watched 01 Feb, 2016

    A missed opportunity. Oh the visual possibilities in shooting half a movie in a small room and the other half in the outside world, so why does Abrahamson basically do nothing with it. He shoots the room with normal coverage and then he shoots the outside exactly the same. And while the story is powerful, and Brie Larson is excellent, it ultimately ends up frustrating because of what it could have been. Definitely difficult material to adopt, no doubt. I wish this film could rise up to the task.

  • Big Fish

    Big Fish 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2016

    Its heart is in the right place... which lover of cinema wouldn’t be susceptible to a movie about the power of storytelling? But when a son is desperately wishing his father would just talk to him straight, I feel like the father would be like, you know what, stories are cool, but I’m not gonna wait until I’m on my deathbed for him to see the point. Burton works well by tamping down his worst impulses, but did anyone think…

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  • 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.

  • 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!