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  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★½

    Very close in spirit to Herzog's (much later film) Little Dieter Needs to Fly, this great piece by Robert Bresson manages to engage you in every mundane little detail of the escape and moral dilemma of its protagonist. Excellent stuff. To think this is not even in my top three Bresson films makes me realize what an extraordinary heavy hitter he was.

  • The Look of Silence

    The Look of Silence

    ★★★★½

    Extraordinary. In many ways even superior to "the act of killing." Not the least of which might be the lack of an "act of remorse," which highlights the unresolvable brutality.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★½

    From the department of unpopular opinions...

    It's amazing. Not the movie, which is good, but the universal praise it has gathered.

    The 12 years/same cast approach (note that I don't say gimmick, I think it's legitimate) that drove most people into the theater has taken the back seat to an even more rare phenomenon: universal praise. After all, the n years/1 cast approach has been done before. However neither the Antoine Doiniel series nor "56 and up" did 100% in…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    How can anything this technically accomplished be so tragically weak?