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  • Tomorrow's Children

    Tomorrow's Children 1934

    ★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2016

    Creaky but sincere anti-sterilization scare piece, interesting mostly as a bizarre meeting of talents (and “talents”): Crane Wilbur, underappreciated director of noir prison flicks and onetime star of The Perils of Pauline; Harlem Renaissance writer Wallace Thurman; and Ed Wood cinematographer William C. Thompson. (Bonus: One of the doctors is played by Sterling Holloway, the voice of Disney’s Winnie The Pooh.)

  • Remember

    Remember 2015

    ★★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2016

    Retirement home pulp. Dig the tension between the increasingly lurid plotting and the pokiness of Egoyan’s direction. Comes very close to having something meaningful to say after the Dean Norris sequence (i.e. the hunt for evil is Sisyphean, but still worthwhile, because this stuff is out there), but cancels it out with a campfire-story ending. (Cue Martin Landau, to the gathered senior citizens: “…and zat man vas Otto Wallisch!”)

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  • The Immigrant

    The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 10 Oct, 2013 6

    No one's written the Great American Novel yet, but James Gray went ahead and made a movie out of it anyway.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 20 May, 2015 1

    Simply gorgeous. Takes wuxia, the most over-played genre in Chinese film, and makes it seem completely alien without subverting any of its gestures or values.