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  • Claire's Camera

    Claire's Camera

    ★★★★

    Hong Sang-soo is often compared to Eric Rohmer so it's fun that he owns that with the title supposedly referencing Claire's Knee. The general similarities in the light-hearted examination of moral grey areas in desires between middle-aged men and younger women are certainly there, even if 70s France and present-day Korea may be quite different contexts. As an Aurora character, Claire seems more like a fairy godmother than a somewhat sinister puppet master. This may say something about Hong's more…

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★½

    What a frustrating waste of potential. All the tools are there for a good movie, but they are just not assembled correctly. The cast is a bit of a world all-star team with Zhang Ziyi and Aksel Hennie in bit parts, but the weakest of the bunch is the one with the most screen time. There are basically no scenes where the crew just gets to hang out and interact. The few moments they get are pushed along with nervous…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★½

    I don't understand how the Coens manage to make stories that appear cynically dark but infusing them with a warmth and humor. This story of a singer-songwriter with a romanticized self-image is a hilarious tribute to struggling artists and the way they can sabotage themselves. Llewyn Davis writes nonsensical lyrics as he hasn't lived anything to write about, since that would cramp his artistic style and not let him live. This type of warped self-image is standard for the Coens…

  • 3-Iron

    3-Iron

    ★★★★½

    The first time I watched this movie I enjoyed it but wasn't blown away. I think I was expecting something more surreal after loving Dream (Bi-mong). This time around I was struck by how similar those movies are, and I'm a bit surprised I didn't appreciate it more before.

    The gradual introduction to the protagonists' world says enough about the whole movie. You get an image of the male character looking for something that he doesn't have, and then you…