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  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World

    The Golem: How He Came Into the World

    ★★★★

    In the face persecution of the Jews, a rabbi creates a Golem, a monster made out of clay created to protect Jews from their enemies. My #13HorrorFilms now takes me to the realm of German Expressionist horror. This film is absolutely beautiful. The design of the sets and the costumes, the way it's shot, it's freakin' gorgeous. Even if you didn't particularly find it scary, you will at least agree on that. Besides, it's not "scary" scary in the way…

  • Creep

    Creep

    ★★★½

    A videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a job. It turns out to be this quirky guy who claims to be terminally ill and filming something for unborn child but something is not completely right. I'm not usually a fan of the so-called "mumblecore" cinema movement (the presence of Mark Duplass definitely qualifies this as such). This is the horror sub genre of that movement called "mumblegore" and yet another entry in my #13HorrorFilms viewing quest this month. But despite…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…