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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    Conspiracies hit the part of the mind that can easily lead to bombastic thought; so for the best conspiracy movie ever I’m going to choose the best film from one of our most bombastic directors: Brian De Palma’s Blow Out. In Blow Out De Palma’s patented camera tricks serve a purpose larger than an aesthetic cool: they spin. Just like the owl looking for prey, and just like anyone’s head will do once they start putting together pieces to corruption.…

  • The Informant!

    The Informant!

    ★★★½

    The voiceover is fantastic. It reveals a high sense of self and non-sequitur deferrals that lead to lies as a self-maintaining defense mechanism. It's even more relevant to watch now with Trump and his lies about his business getting him elected for his false idolatry that he fully believes; and how he reacts with untruths that he probably believes when confronted. 


    Anyway, Matt Damon is great. The casting is superb. The score is fun. The carefully paced film unfortunate sprints in the last ace and Soderbergh's lensing sure is ugly, tho!

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  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    David Cronenberg’s The Fly is Revenge of the Nerds as a body horror film. Scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) is awkward at parties, brilliant in the laboratory. He wins over a beauty (Geena Davis) and transports a baboon from one side of his flat to the other. He’s about to be the most famous scientist in the world. But then he teleports himself without supervision (the computer recognized that a house fly was inside), and he starts to mutate.

    Why…

  • Detroit

    Detroit

    ★★★★

    Kathryn Bigelow's Battle of Algiers... except justice has never been served. She slams you against the wall. She punches you in the gut. You observe a spirit die. This is tense, chest-tightening filmmaking. It desires to make us witnesses who can't look away. And the people who need to see it most—most likely never will. I hope I'm wrong.