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  • Equilibrium

    Equilibrium

    ★½

    The premise, a world where emotion is suppressed by a drug, wouldn’t look like this.  If all art is disposed of, why do the bottles containing the drug have ornamentation on the caps.  Why would a head board have rivets, and most of all why would anyone fear this regime?  Never mind that the act of running through a crowd has no explanation without emotion.  Don’t get me started on Taye Diggs whose character oozes ambition and can’t seem to stop gloating.

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★

    An improvement over the mess that was High-Rise but I’m still questioning what I think of Ben Wheatley.  The film is well acted and the tensions build well for the small scale story.  Eventually the film just becomes dull though.  We begin to just wait to see which character will survive and it’s not exactly shocking to who that turns out to be.

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  • It's Only the End of the World

    It's Only the End of the World

    ★★★★★

    Apparently this film is very polarizing.  I find that really surprising.  I would think most people have had something difficult to say to their family before.  Maybe it's rarer than I think.  I know anyone whose spent time in the closet has shared this sensation.  When you have every intention to finally say what you need to say, but you still wait for the perfect moment.  Many times the moment never comes.  Then someone sees right through you.  In this…

  • Like Father, Like Son

    Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★★

    Kore-Eda uses his uncanny ability to direct children to examine fatherhood. The outcome is stunning, when parents discover they are raising the wrong child, switched at birth by hospital staff. The emotional struggle to compartmentalize feelings to store them away and re-build the father son relationship confounds the heart and mind alike.