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  • Whiplash



    The more I think about this film, the more I believe the final act is extraordinary in what it accomplishes. A true "hero moment" that is rather simple, and a showdown that is not a showdown. This is like Rocky for nerds.

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse


    Gorgeous cinematography, to be sure, but wind and bleakness aren't ultimately compelling. We get it: their lives are repetitive and hopeless. The father is like the horse, okay. This is like the flip side of The Tree of Life, a sort of quantumly entangled counterpoint. Both films deal with man's place in the world, but Malick was concerned with how we ascribe meaning, and took faith from beauty, whereas Tarr strips away anything and everything. It's effective, in that I…