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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★½

    It's hard to think of a film that balances charm and emotional impact better than Children of Men. In fact, it's hard to think of a sci-fi film with better characterisation and casting. Clive Owen is perfect for the hesitant protagonist/hero, and his narrative arc is built so effectively.

    Obviously the long takes and tracking shots have been talked about before, but there's a reason for that: they're staged brilliantly, with every detail thought out and blocked perfectly. It's a…

  • Icarus

    Icarus

    ★★★½

    When Fogel asks "What are you going to do now?" and Rodchenkov replies "Start writing the book," it is very telling. This doc is the book cashing in on what's in the news, it's "Pokemon Go to the polls," and it's Damien Chazelle hiring Josh Singer to write his next film.

    In perfect documentarian style, Fogel captures the audience's attention with "Super Steroid Me," presents a quirky and endearing character victimized by circumstances outside of his control, and creates an…

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Completely unparalleled in its frenetic nature. I will praise this movie until I die. It's a masterful defiance of script conventions and an imagistic nail-biter from opening image to disturbed conclusion.

  • Skin

    Skin

    I am shocked that this won the Oscar, and not because of its cringe-inducing perspective on race relations. Examining the film from an ideological standpoint does reveal the tactless nature of its story, but it is not bad because modern society disagrees with it. Great art was never made by subscribing to social norms. Rather, what makes this win shocking is the utterly mundane nature of the production, all the way from the predictable story to the insipid mise-en-scene. That…

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