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  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★½

    A few years before this movie was released, I decided on a career in information technology because of the amazing potential to connect with people everywhere and not be limited to physical interactions. That optimism was not shared by this movie, and after a year of pandemic seclusion it's easier to sympathize with the idea that virtual interactions can't fully replace the sharing of a physical space. The fear of technology is not the core of the movie though.

    Characters…

  • The Spanish Prisoner

    The Spanish Prisoner

    ★★★½

    Perhaps the biggest con in this movie is the movie itself. The Mamet dialogue is so engrossing that it almost obfuscates how absurdly overworked the twisty puzzle story is. The lack of an actual Spanish Prisoner con is odd, but it's more egregious how the con is so complex that it gets in its own way when it piles on layer after layer instead of letting the very willing mark hand over the goods.

    To some degree much of the…

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  • 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…

  • 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…