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  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    Watched at home alone on blu-ray.

    I sought this out after seeing the Sofia Coppola version. And...I have to say, that I can't pick a better one among the two. They are both flawed. This version has way more dated cinematic tropes, especially some lame VO moments, and also lacks pretty much all subtlety. However, what is very interesting about this is how much it paints McBurney as a total cad, not too far afield from the imagined Union-soldier rapist…

  • Violent Saturday

    Violent Saturday

    Watched at home alone on blu-ray.

    The description of film noir melodrama is somewhat apt, but it would be better to say that it's a melodrama that is interrupted and resolved by a film noir subplot. I quite enjoyed it. A lot of interesting performances, it's economical, and it even has Ernest Borgnine as an Amish farmer!

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  • On The Rocks

    On The Rocks

    Watched at home via Amazon digital rental with Ameni.

    I've seen shorts by this filmmaking duo, and a friend recommended this feature by them. It's one of the strongest ultra-low budget comedies I've seen in a long while. The satire is savage. The editing is really inventive and strong, playing along with the strength of the performances that makes it feel like a force of nature work. Really strong, even when it's familiar.

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    Blu-ray at home alone.

    Quite enjoyable, disposable, straight-faced globetrotting actioner from Michael Mann. It's recognizably his kind of film in all the best ways. I even forgave the casting of Chris Hemsworth, whom I don't enjoy watching.

    From the trailer, I focused more on the "imprisoned hacker recruited to stop a mega-hack" plot and Hemsworth and was immediately done with the film. Even finding out that it was Mann's film didn't make me perk up much, because I really disliked…