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  • Eat Pray Love

    Eat Pray Love


    The Hulk review really puts it best, and manages to engage with the film on its own terms and not be outright dismissive, so I recommend just reading that if you're interested.

    A film about a woman desperately trying, and inevitably failing, to escape her own narcissism.

    Which could actually have been an interesting premise in the hands of a self-aware and honest narrator.

    Personally, I always associate this film with my mother, for whom travel is a primary quest…

  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void


    I'd give it five stars if I were to judge on ambition alone - but it often missed the mark for me. A few scenes were quite remarkable (the final love hotel sequence, the early drug-induced hallucinations), and the film kicked off with real promise of innovation (first-person perspective, as others have mentioned, being the most striking of these) but a lack of consistent style and tone meant the film repeatedly sacrificed any accumulative effect. The pervading torture of Tokyo…

Popular reviews

  • Serenity



    The thing I appreciated most about Firefly is that it always seemed interested in reaching out to people who weren't necessarily fans of the conventions of sci-fi or westerns (such as myself). It was a human drama first, taking place in a universe concerned only with humans (inhabited only by earthly creatures), with the action driven by a very human and relatable need simply to work to put food on the table. Without an investment in the humanity of the…

  • Hard Candy

    Hard Candy


    I don't get what's so "challenging" or "experimental" about this film. The message is clear, and the morals are sound. This is a fantasy the director tried to frame as realism. It's exactly the dark, revenge driven modern fairytale the marketing would have you think it is, with a one-dimensional pixie dream riot grrrl super-hero, hell-bent on revenge, to match (I hated her character for that almost as much as I hated the story's antagonist).

    The cinematography is a lot…