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  • Kinetta

    Kinetta

    ★★★★

    Lanthimos' solo directorial debut sows the seeds that would blossom in Dogtooth and his subsequent films. Kinetta has some of Lanthimos' dark humor sprinkled throughout. The scenes of them filming the film within the film (say that 5 times fast) are particularly hilarious. Outside of that, there wasn't too much that I found funny. Abuse of power is a major theme throughout Lanthimos' films and the exploration of sexual abuse in Kinetta is particularly disturbing.

    At the end of the…

  • The Passenger

    The Passenger

    ★★★

    The penultimate tracking shot and the final shot of the hotel are both absolutely sublime and create an almost spiritual experience.

    Despite that, I still found the rest of the film to be a mixed bag. There are some other great shots here and there, and Nicholson's final monologue is beautiful, but it was hard to get past the horrible dialogue. The delivery and editing of dialogue in this movie feels totally amateurish. Even Jack Nicholson, maybe the greatest actor…

  • Doodlebug

    Doodlebug

    ★★★½

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

    A fun little student film. The reveal is a bit obvious, but Nolan builds on the idea and it ends up being really enjoyable and darkly hilarious.

    Also immediately thought of this meme: i.imgur.com/qVyOU4N.jpg

  • Fire (Pożar)

    Fire (Pożar)

    ★★★½

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

    Seemed to me to be about the way we try to cover up or avoid confronting the horrors of our world. A terrifying ugly, and beautiful film.

    Check it out on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ0iSqaHgUA

  • Nickelodeon

    Nickelodeon

    ★★★★

    Watched the B&W version on TCM

  • Event Horizon

    Event Horizon

    ★★★½

    Like a dumber, cheesier version of Solaris or Alien, but that isn't a completely bad thing as it still manages to be thrilling and terrifying in moments.

  • Film

    Film

    ★★½

    This kind of feels contemptuous toward cinema, unless I'm missing something. The opening/closing shot of Buster's eye is gorgeous though.

  • We Were Once a Fairytale

    We Were Once a Fairytale

    ★★★★

    Some of Kanye's acting in the beginning is hit or miss, but this totally sticks the landing. What a beautiful companion piece to 808s and Heartbreak.

    vimeo.com/160827785

  • Catfish

    Catfish

    ★★★★

    I was just telling that I got this girl before
    And we was together since 3 years
    And uh, I was not even cheating on her or what
    And Facebook arrived and she wanted me to accept her on Facebook
    And I don't want it because I was like in front of her
    And she told me like, "Accept me on Facebook"
    It was virtual, made no sense
    So I say, "I'm in front of you, I don't need to…

  • Cobra Verde

    Cobra Verde

    ★★

    Just watch some Jean Rouch documentaries instead of watching this.

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★½

    The shot of Molly running her hands over a shelf of law books is Sorkin's very own Malick moment. Rather than running her hands over the beauty (and divinity) of nature like Malick's characters tend to do in wheat fields and oceans, Sorkin's characters appreciate the beauty in language and information. While Sorkin's sensibility doesn't have a profound effect on me in the way Malick's does, I still think it's an interesting parallel between two filmmakers on polar opposites of almost any spectrum.

  • Pyramids

    Pyramids

    ★★★½