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  • That Day, on the Beach

    That Day, on the Beach

    ★★★★

    Literally one movie in and he's rethinking marriage in the 21st century. In 1983!

  • La Chinoise

    La Chinoise

    ★★★★★

    "I thought I'd made a leap forward, and I realized I'd only made the first timid step of a long march."

    This is the moment Godard ceases being a director and transforms into a filmmaker: the quote from Wiazemsky could easily be applied to Godard's career thereafter this film. Like Furtado says, "Godard, the sad jester." - equally tragic and one of the most bracingly optimistic films of Godard's oeuvre: a true cinema of ideas - truly the work of…

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★

    "I got beat up. I'm the victim here."
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    "Cross the room if you've ever been blamed for something you didn't do."

    Many months before the films North American release, I joked that Good Time looked like "a modern-day Phil Karlson picture" so I was doubly pleasantly surprised when I found that this film approximated that feeling. In his annual love-letter to Cannes, Mark Peranson called the film "a kind of Dionysian New York Gesamtkunstwerk....immersion without identification." Where Good Time…

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★★

    "No-one's ever gotten this close before."

    I was going to write that this is the most adventurous film made in Hollywood since Heaven's Gate, but what is that compared to calling it Mann's best movie? It's both a culmination and expansion of hundreds of ideas Mann has toyed with since Thief. But there's something new here: this is a movie about collectives, not individuals, and the most beautiful thing about this movie is watching these characters learn to respect, trust…