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  • The One I Love 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2014

    An absolute delight until it gets too bogged down on the plot/mystery and less focused on what it means for the relationship and characters. This is a plum concept here and while some mystery solving is fine, it really was a waste to abandon the fascinating implications in favor of some puzzle solving (even in that regard, it doesn't fully answer everything, so why bother?).

  • The Babadook 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Dec, 2014

    I don't think there was a single jump scare in this flick. But who needs em, right? Kent knows how to unnerve, with disorienting smash cuts, sound design, and a great main performance. The only issue is the same issue everyone else had... the Babadook is too bluntly metaphorical to be a real threat outside of the world of the film and while I worried about their well being, it never really jumped out of the screen and had me looking over my shoulder like the best horror film baddies do. But seeing what Kent can do, I'm absolutely terrified of what might come next.

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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…