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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★½

    Brutality is the most obvious observation from The Revenant. However this isn't Pulp Fiction or the Conjuring. It's a movie about the brutality of the wilderness and the brutality of revenge. Iñárritu floods and frames the entire film with long, lingering shots of the winter Canadian wilderness. As much brutality as there is in the film, every moment is book ended with extended sequences of the scale of nature. For this reason, rather the violence feeling crass or indulgent it feels like a response to the wilderness, man's struggle to survive whether against the weather, wildlife, the invading white man, or poverty.

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    Searching for Sugar Man

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Clothed in a story about a lost musician and his unlikely fame in South Africa, Searching for Sugar Man is a story about elements of life that we can all relate to. It is about a man choosing to live this life a certain way and what that begot. In a lot of ways it's about integrity as well. How much value we put into our "legacy" and our "success" is just as important as whether there is success or…