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  • 24 Exposures 2014

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    I've seen a number of Joe Swanberg's films and I've liked and disliked them to varying degrees, but this is the first film I've seen out of the 8 or 9 I have seen that feels like a total wash. I'm not sure I find it conceptually very redeeming, nor particularly erotic, so far as these things go.

  • Oculus 2013

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    I don't think I got as much out of OCULUS as I wanted to -- there are no major scares, really, and the whole thing feels a bit more thin than i wanted -- but the film does quite well building a consistent atmosphere of dread and creepiness that there's something to be said for it. But no, it doesn't work all the time, like with the ending, which seems unfair even by the rules of perception already established, or how there is no real gradual shift in the parents' behavior. Likable but unsatisfying, I guess. Good-faith attempt.

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  • Her 2013

    ★★★★★ Added 1

    Perceptive, warm and humane in ways I didn't know I could expect from a movie with this premise. But strip away the sci-fi sheen and what do you have? The story of every relationship, or at least every love. And the story of self-actualization and growth beyond a partner, and the story of grief over a past failed relationship, and all these broad themes about longing and connection writ so small, but so precisely. There are moments in this film…

  • Looper 2012

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    Just outstanding, imaginative, humanistic science fiction of the highest order. Incredible! More than fulfills the promise of Rian Johnson as a visionary director, if you somehow weren't convinced by BRICK and THE BROTHERS BLOOM. Thrills and action and big ideas with a warm, beating heart in the center.