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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★

    Viggo Mortensen + David Croneneberg. Hell fucking yeah. This movie really delivers its concept well. The movie hints to the gore with the opening scene, but then pulls away to let us live simple lives with Viggo's perfect and simple American family, only to let one small scene of graphic shatter this family's perception of themselves and the world around them. Every single actor delivers an incredible performance here, but the stand-out characters are played by Mortensen and Ed Harris…

  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    ★★½

    I really really wanted to like this movie. Alex Garland made his mark on horror with 28 Days Later and on sci-fi with Ex Machina. His strength clearly lies with his own original concepts. This movie made me want to read the novel it's based on not because I enjoyed it, but because I want to know if the book got right what this movie so clearly got wrong. The first half hour of this movie really engaged me with…

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  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★½

    Jesus Christ. It's beyond me how Kaufman can create something so personal and universal at once. Instead of using the animation as a gimmick for quirkiness, Johnson and Kaufman manage to pack as much humanity into the stop motion puppets as they can. What results is a movie in which you empathize with the pain and short-lived-happiness of dolls who look a little too much like side characters from Team America World Police. It took me a rewatch to truly…

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    Belladonna of Sadness

    ★★★½

    After buying a ticket to a midnight showing of this film after knowing nothing at all about it except for watching the red band trailer, all I could think was: I really hope this isn't hentai.

    Thankfully, it wasn't.

    Instead I got to watch what can only be described as a Canterbury tale on acid. From the gorgeous, colorful, and experimental animation to the score that almost entirely encapsulates what I loved about 70's music, this film immerses you with…