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  • The Vicious Kind

    The Vicious Kind 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2012

    A small, relentlessly bitter story about the gigantic confusions abounding from troubled childhoods and miserable relationships. The script is poignant and darkly hilarious. All of the performances are miraculous, especially Adam Scott's, who is perfect at playing vulnerable assholes. Contains one of the best sex scenes ever filmed.

  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale 2000

    ★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2012

    Basically just a live-action manga, complete with syrupy melodrama within a loophole-ridden narrative exclusively about people killing each other. The argument that this is a more realistic, socially critical version of The Hunger Games is invalid, it's just more soapy and violent.

  • 21 Jump Street

    21 Jump Street 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2012

    Very, very clever. Makes damn sure not to be another stupid, formulaic rehashing. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are fantastic.

  • Chronicle

    Chronicle 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2012

    A rare blend of commercially appealing entertainment and intellectual/emotional depth. Extremely competent science fiction film-making with a hefty, believable dose of darkness and psychological turmoil. Found footage detractors will have a heyday with Chronicle because it may be the most self-referential found footage film ever made, but the intelligence with which the device is handled proves that it is still a valid, intimate way to tell a story.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jun, 2012

    Adorable and mesmerizingly constructed. A testament to the gorgeous whimsies of childhood. I could live in Wes Anderson's universe for eternity.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus 2012

    ★★½ Watched 18 Jun, 2012

    A beautiful, clever, almost revolutionary science fiction film smothered in twelve layers of Hollywood bullshit. The script is riddled with unnatural dialogue, completely unnecessary characters and plot twists which have absolutely no significance. The only aspects of consistent quality are the art direction and Fassbinder's portrayal of David. He truly saves an otherwise flubbed potential masterpiece from being a mindless action blockbuster.

  • Double Suicide

    Double Suicide 1969

    ★★★ Watched 14 Jun, 2012

    An artful melodrama comprised almost entirely of despair and shame. The style is definitely somewhat impenetrable and repetitive but the actors are so emotional and Shinoda's vision is so precise that it's difficult not to become invested in their story. The inclusion of bunraku stagehands is probably the most interesting and eerie aspect of the film.

  • The Collector

    The Collector 1967

    ★★★★★ Watched 11 Jun, 2012

    Intellectually and aesthetically ravishing. The first of many Rohmer films about romantic/sexual conflict during a picturesque summer vacation. The three leads are magnetic, idiosyncratic and often scantily clad. Nestor Almendros takes full advantage of the quirky sensuousness of the characters and creates a breezy, sun-dappled atmosphere which leaves one hypnotized. Rohmer's first masterpiece.

  • Pather Panchali

    Pather Panchali 1955

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Jun, 2012

    A devastating, revelatory experience. It's unbelievable that this is Ray's debut considering the immense sophistication and depth involved in creating every moment, every glance. Ray doesn't pretend that his film is about anything other than life and death, and that is what makes Pather Panchali so special. Sumptuousness and beauty are exposed to be mere bi-products of everyday life.

  • My Night at Maud's

    My Night at Maud's 1969

    ★★★★★ Watched 06 Jun, 2012

    One of the best and most influential films of the 60s. Reveals the beauty and richness of romantic conflict and psychological contradiction with a gorgeously understated tone of grace. Trintignant and Fabian deliver performances of increasingly surprising emotional depth.

  • Suzanne's Career

    Suzanne's Career 1963

    ★★★ Watched 06 Jun, 2012

    Somewhat dull and pointless, but interesting in reference to the following films in the series. The ending is by far the most poignant and well shot scene, adding an air of importance to an otherwise very aimless film.

  • Nadja à Paris

    Nadja à Paris 1964

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Jun, 2012

    Beautifully and spontaneously shot by Nestor Almendros in his first cinematography credit outside of Cuba. A quaint, celebratory meditation on Parisian society and life in general. My favorite early Rohmer film.