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  • Following

    Following

    ★★★½

    Much of what would become Chris Nolan's calling cards — complex story telling, mixing up timelines to keep the audience guessing, holding back information from the viewer and the protagonist, even thieves named Cobb - are present in this film. What's most impressive is that Nolan achieves much of the success of his later films in this film without any fancy camera moves, computer graphics or action sequences. We have, instead, a tidy story, intriguing characters, and plot and narrative devices used to full effect.

    I revisited this film after watching Dunkirk recently. I knew Nolan had story telling chops. I needed to remind myself.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★½

    I fall somewhere along the lines of where Matt Zoller Seitz fell on this film. At the end of his review he says, "If somebody were to ask me if I liked this film, I would tell them no. I loathed parts of it and found other parts repetitious or half-baked. But, maybe paradoxically, I admired it throughout, and have been thinking about it constantly since I saw it."

    I have been thinking about this movie a lot since seeing…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★½

    More Lea Seydoux. Less everything else, please.

    Also, where did the Sam Mendes of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and JARHEAD go? I want that guy back.

  • Things to Come

    Things to Come

    ★★★★★

    There's a passage from Rousseau that Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert who is, perhaps next to Juliette Binoche and Maggie Cheung, the best working actress in the world) teaches to her students in the 3rd act of this film. It is a passage about desire supplanting or superseding happiness. That it is the expectation of something good happening that brings true pleasure. That it is this hope for things to come that is the source of pleasure. Not the things themselves coming…