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  • Summer of Blood 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    This made me laugh like an idiot.

  • Ping Pong Summer 2014

    ★★★½ Added

    I don't get the response to this. Yeah, it's a touch uneven, especially in its performances. But I thought it was clever in its simultaneous winking at and wallowing in '80s tropes, while being amusingly idiosyncratic and very, very funny. At first I didn't quite understand how the director of SEPTIEN would transition to something like this -- but I get it! That scene with creepy Robert Longstreet and Amy Sedaris is hysterical. This is like a slightly more straight-faced WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER, and I don't like it as much as that film, but it's good fun.

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  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    Reserving the right to bump that up an extra half-star upon a second viewing, which will be coming soon, because even though I had read the book GONE GIRL packs the dialogue in and it comes almost as quickly and as furiously as in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. This is a dense movie, packaging some pretty heavy ideas about perception -- of ourselves, in the media, of our romantic partners and spouses -- in with the more lurid potboiler stuff. Which…

  • Open Windows 2014

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    I like the cut of Vigalondo's jib (TIMECRIMES is great), but I pretty unreservedly thought this was terrible. And I don't mind increasingly silly thrillers (Elijah Wood starred in another one earlier this year, GRAND PIANO, that I thought was really good), but this is a bridge too far, with a tiresome gimmick in presentation and a particularly stupid, predictable twist near the end. Makes CELLULAR look like a Dardennes brothers film.