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  • The Woman

    The Woman

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Woman wants to be thought of as a bold movie that takes big swings, and the swings are big, but don't connect with the ball like they should.

    When Chris Cleek first lays eyes on the Woman, bathing in a stream, we've already got some understanding of his smug sense of dominion and her purity of instinct and existence. If it was allowed to breathe, the moment could potentially carry a terrific symbolic freight of immovable force meeting irresistible…

  • To Be or Not to Be

    To Be or Not to Be

    ★★★½

    Watched w/ Michael. Great Lubitsch comedy. It wasn't always easy to just roll with a farce about the Nazi invasion of Poland, but it's a pretty rewarding movie in that the comedy isn't just about gags and funny lines but is embedded in the storytelling — there are reversals and callbacks built into the plot that had me chuckling.

    Also, not for nothing, but my first time seeing Carole Lombard.

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    Subgenres of the thriller genre:

    1. the thriller as art film, where the artist cannot stoop to actually thrilling his audience

    2. the thriller as philosophical rubbernecking, where we are invited to meditate upon the nature of evil — as severed heads roll our way

    3. the thriller as pastiche of esoteric pop-culture references

    4. the redundant thriller, either a remake of a good thriller or adaptation of a good novel, or both

    My highest praise of Collateral is that…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★½

    Hoop tober No. 5 #3

    A bright and varied color palette. Striking, surreal imagery embedded in a fairly linear story. Some interest in developing distinct characters, even more interest in developing that rare beast, a collective hero. Some finesse and rhythm applied to revealing and concealing the monster: although Freddy is on his way to becoming the dispenser of bad puns and cheap sadism he would become in the next film, this movie maintains a sense of urgency and keeps…