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  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Black Coal, Thin Ice 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    Fairly typical neo-noir differentiated by its setting and some absolutely stupendous sequences. I loved how so much of this was framed like some sort of nightmare (less of in the horrific sense and more in the dreamlike, inevitable sense). Like in the salon scene, the way the gun seems to just kind of sit there for eternity and the criminal picks up it so slowly, so we all can see in excruciating detail what’s about to happen but we are…

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her 1967

    ★★★ Watched 11 Sep, 2016

    If only all self-indulgent projects in which the author muses on and on about how America is maybe not the best or how capitalism is maybe not the best were this inventive, innovative, and challenging. Godard is a director unlike any other, obviously, but I like it better when he puts his considerable talents behind telling a story instead of going on about how consumerism pulls the wool over our eyes, man.

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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!

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    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.