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  • Outrage

    Outrage

    ★★★★

    Of Kirby Dick's work, I've only seen This Film Is Not Yet Rated which felt amateurish and unfocused. Partly was its focus on the cultural discrimination of gay sex that felt either too much or little. The movie never dug as deep into the cultural war that permeates even Hollywood as it clearly wanted to. So while I had low expectations for this, this is exactly what makes Outrage so successful. Instead of just being a timeline and laundry list…

  • Killer of Sheep

    Killer of Sheep

    ★★★½

    Appreciated the artistry of this and its episodic, slice-of-lifeness. But I never felt drawn into the characters themselves, just the aesthetics and situations. Not a huge sin, but it felt like it was missing that personal touch.
    Also this dvd started to skip pretty hard in the last 14 minutes, so take that as you will.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★

    If nothing else, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is successful in delivering a raucous adventure by letting the actors hold the awe and excitement of the iconic franchise on their faces. It is a clear homage to the original trilogy, but doesn't feel like fan fiction the way lesser reboots often do. Somehow, Abrams' often bravura camerawork and sense of humor makes the movie feel less like fan service and more of a familiar introduction to a new universe with…

  • Nixon

    Nixon

    ★½

    I have no idea what Oliver Stone is doing here. This lacks a theme or point-of-view, which isn't necessarily a death sentence... but it totally fails in its more experimental visual and narrative style as well. I'm not even sure what (if anything) is successful in this movie since virtually all elements are buried under a blanket of distracting technique and muddled storytelling.
    Stone's using some of the same unorthodox and disparate filming styles he employed excellently in eliciting the…