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  • L’argent

    L’argent

    ★★★★★

    The Hands of Fate

    When capital took the upper-hand from humanity. Causality explored to its logical extreme, representational gestures rendered as mythic and definitive, and an intangible, age-old evil proliferates and perseveres. The Beginning of the End of Everything. Go past the threshold.

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    A puzzle box for the ages: seemingly deceptively simple on the surface — it is, after all, the story of a man who succumbs to madness, eventually running amok while spending a winter with his family in isolation — but there’s more than one method of opening The Shining's myriad doors.

    What I’ll say is there are few films, horror or otherwise, which effectively portray white male hysteria and the terrifying upshots of such behavior. The movie refuses to explicate…

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  • Drug War

    Drug War

    ★★★★

    "I'm a cop. You're a drug trafficker. I didn't betray you; I busted you."

    First-rate entertainment, and with some profound social commentary (which will be further inspected upon a necessary rewatch) underneath it all. Full proof that meat-and-potato crime/thriller outings aren't synonymous with Z-grade filmic idiocy punctuated by killer one-liners. (Although Captain Zhang's quote [see above] is pretty sick!) Taking the simple premise of a drug lord evading execution by assisting a police unit in taking down fellow drug barons,…

  • Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence

    ★★★½

    Quirky oddity elevated by some terrific location shooting. Allen Baron's non-actorly demeanor works well enough, so long as he’s not required to exhibit any sense of emotion/feeling. (The “Laurie” subplot constitutes the script's worst tendencies; it's not that a self-pitying need for connection doesn't inherently work in such a scenario as much as it messes with the consistency which propels the movie forward.) Nevertheless, Blast of Silence is a thoroughly gripping bruise of a movie. Smacks of the plot threads…