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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★½

    Two weeks ago I got drunk and tried to watch “Under the Skin” but stopped ⅛ of the way though after falling asleep. Last night I got drunk and tried to watch “Under the Skin”, starting from the beginning, but stopped ¼ of the way though after falling asleep. Finally finished it just now.

    The verdict: Wanted more plot-wise but still a strong example of being mood-forward without being overly experimental, à la “Drive”. A refreshingly minimalist sci-fi—SFX supports rather…

  • Blow-Up

    Blow-Up

    ★★★

    The main character is a misogynistic prick but I was able to laugh at how ridiculous he is.

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Soo glad I caught the preview screening at the Somerville Theatre! A very timely film for me, in many ways… It made me howl with laughter and reduced me to a blubbering mess*. “Blade Runner” if it were a romance. Spike Jonze is a visionary; Joaquin Phoenix is everything I want to be as an actor; I maybe want to date him too? Wide release on January 10th.

    * Would have been a more enjoyable cry, though, had I not…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    How you execute a feature film this well on the first try eludes me, but that’s why Sofia Coppola rules. They say to avoid voiceover in Screenwriting 101, but here it’s effective, weaving together a narrative from disparate perspectives and times. It’d be silly not to, too, as Eugenides’ writing (as adapted by Coppola), is razor-sharp; at once amusing and macabre. Watching this made me want to read the book, and that’s rare of most adaptations. (Though, listening to it,…