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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★

    I've always rooted for Shyamalan, because whatever he lacked in writing talent (a lot), he made up for in his ability to conjure almost tangible tension, and we just don't have enough directors working today capable of scratching that terror itch I often crave. GLASS, unfortunately, has only about 4 minutes of the suspense stuff Shyamalan is best at; the rest of the runtime is filled out with boring mythology and vacant characters sketches. It doesn't help that he's trying…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★

    I didn’t give this the attention it deserves, stealing partial viewings in between naps and errands over 3 days before it was due at the library. Nevertheless, it was easy to see how this is a more successful version of what ANNIHILATION was attempting. STALKER eschews the clumsy narrative progression of that film by stripping the story and characters down to the bare minimum, and letting his ponderous pans and push-ins and poetic narration do the heavy lifting. Tarkovsky wanted…

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★½

    Let’s get the good out of the way first. Between the Key and Peele duo, Jordan always seemed to be the more cerebral and deliberate (and talented) half, and much of the first half of GET OUT delivers on his promise. The pre-title sequence is among the best staged horror I’ve seen post-SCREAM. The camerawork on display, with his ability to deploy intricate tracking shots and extreme closeups, is pretty rare for a feature debut and reminiscent of Shyamalan’s poise.…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★½

    This film explores the primal instincts of men vs women a la Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET from 2012. Where that film was vague and essentially binary in it's progression (before event vs. after event), FORCE MAJEURE is explicit in its thematic notions and plays with them in several different scenarios throughout the runtime. Quite hilarious and contemplative. That scene at the ski lounge with the two male characters getting approached by women is gold. Also laughed my ass off at the dad's sobbing outburst near the end.