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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★★

    "Susan, enjoy the absurdity of our world. It's a lot less painful. Believe me, our world is a lot less painful than the real world."

    ***

    I was afraid that maybe I'd overestimated how much I liked Nocturnal Animals in my first viewing, and that this second crack at it would reveal that I did still like it, but that my original 5 star review was ultimately too enthusiastic, and that its quality had depreciated slightly upon a rewatch, and…

  • The Stanford Prison Experiment

    The Stanford Prison Experiment

    ★★★★½

    "I know you're a nice guy."
    "So why do you hate me?"
    "Because I know what you can become."

    ***

    Going in to the viewing of The Stanford Prison Experiment, there was a part of me that anticipated with dread the possibility that this film might merely devolve into the sordid torture porn and literally unbelievable (a.k.a. utterly stupid) character pathologies of similarly-themed abuse-by-authority psychological thrillers, such as Compliance (which I like better than most people, but which could still…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    "My world is fire and blood."

    ***

    You've heard all the hype by now.
    Said hype has reached Breaking Bad-levels of insane acclaim.
    Which begs the question:
    Is the hype deserved?

    YES.
    YES YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

    30 years have passed since the last Mad Max movie.
    Many imitators and pretenders to the throne of action cinema have come and gone in those intervening decades, and with the occasional exceptions here and there (e.g. The Raid), the past decade…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    "Here's to the ones who dream / Foolish as they may seem /
    Here's to the hearts that ache / Here's to the mess we make..."

    ***

    La La Land is GREAT.

    But is it really 7 Golden Globes-winning "GREAT"?

    Or, even more especially, is it really 14 - freakin' FOURTEEN!! - Oscar-nominations "GREAT"?

    See, here's the thing:
    I'm afraid that all of this overwhelmingly monumental amount of hyperbolic hype and astounding acclaim is going to eventually negatively impact the…