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  • Memoria
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Pig
  • Red Rocket

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  • Jane B. by Agnès V.

    ★★★

  • Jane by Charlotte

    ★★★

  • Smile Before Death

    ★★★½

  • Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters

    ★★★

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  • Ichi the Killer

    Ichi the Killer

    ★★★★

    Umpteenth viewing. Glad to finally see the restoration, which allows me to differentiate the video vs 16mm in a way the dvds (bootleg and official) never allowed me to, more importantly subtitles have been drastically improved to help narrative clarity (although I still don’t quite know what’s going on in the very last scene). I’m not sure if Miike has ever been more perfectly matched to his material than with this film, which plays like a feature length Garbage Pail…

  • The King of Marvin Gardens

    The King of Marvin Gardens

    ★★★

    Feels like it’s going somewhere special but maybe that’s just the movie pulling the same long con as the characters, stretching out with tantalizing bits of business to keep you seated with interest and short of money without feeling suckered. Nicholson allows himself to be upstaged by Dern, Burstyn and even Atlantic City, he is reactive and meek and his performance doesn’t shift gears when he gets around his brother, as I suspected it might. Ending is a tragic bit…

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  • Captain Phillips

    Captain Phillips

    Second viewing of finished film, umpteenth viewing of film in some form and I watched all the dailies while I was working on the film as an Apprentice Editor before it was moved to the UK to finish editing in order to take advantage of rebates. I'm gobsmacked by Hanks' take on post traumatic shock every time I see it, I remember watching the dailies and the first take, the medic kept messing up her take but Hanks guided her…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★★

    Editors are not usually recognized as auteur figures but Hank Corwin is a special case, he has such a distinctive style that it shapes whatever material he touches and it becomes uniquely his own. You will notice a couple things if you look at his IMDB, one that he a credited editor on Oliver Stone's most aggressively edited features, NATURAL BORN KILLERS to U-TURN and I think it's fair to assume much of the hyperkinetic editing and jarring rhythms of…