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  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★½

    Hmm. I liked the opening act a good deal. The second act is just as enjoyable, but I think it probably goes on too long. The third act is a lot of fun and I absolutely love the final 20ish minutes.

    While the plot of this film is hardly a secret anymore, I enjoyed how Polanski toys with us and Rosemary. Is Rosemary suffering from serious bouts of intrusive thoughts and potentially some clinical level issues of paranoia? But the…

  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★

    I like how the film explores what a "pagan" society might look like in a contemporary setting. I found that interesting and might have enjoyed more commitment to that. I would've been entertained by getting to understand the people of Summer Isle's practices more and to deeper into how it filters into the whole of community life.

    That may have been possible in the narrative if our protagonist wasn't a dull, legalistic ass of a cop "from the mainland." There…

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  • City of God

    City of God

    ★★★★

    I finally made my way around to Meirelles' City of God, viewing this dark shakespearean through '70s exploitation tale, late at night, during the early part of the graveyard shift, whilst holding my newborn son (who sleeps best in one's arms).

    City of God was exhilarating, heart breaking, somber, humourous, and devastating. It was impossible for me not to enjoy the movie before me and by the conclusion of this tale of modern feudal lords waging war, I was in…

  • Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs

    ★★★★

    A "Raging Bull" with billionaires.