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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War 2016

    ★★★½ Watched 09 May, 2016

    Surprisingly not a mess, which says a lot more than it sounds once you actually sit down and watch the movie and realize this is not confusing and overlong and awkwardly paced. But enough about what it is not. What it is, is a decent adventure romp with solid emotional conflict tempered by a sense of fun despite it mostly being about the good guys beating each other up. The conflict does seem to grow organically, and really, I think…

  • Experimenter

    Experimenter 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Apr, 2016

    The beginning 45 minutes or so, with the actual conducting of the experiment, are so astoundingly good, that I kinda forgive it for slightly slipping into the formulaic pitfalls of biopic storytelling. But what’s most ingenious is how Almereyda is able to inject the lessons of Milgram in the filmmaking itself, using weird, uncommented bits of artificiality and strangeness to pull back the curtain on the film, just as Milgram wanted to pull back the curtain on human behavior. A very creative solution to the biopic problem that so few filmmakers even try to solve.

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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.