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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

    73/100

    Breaking away from your programming. Mann takes a crisp look into our unmapped digital future here in what loosely appears to be his first ever work of science fiction (hard to imagine a single other movie in his filmography that looks as starkly dystopian as this does). What’s most surprising about the world of BLACKHAT though, is how gradually accurate it rings as time goes by: when the digital age of technocracy is rapidly outpacing modern global politics, we’re…

  • The Aviator's Wife

    The Aviator's Wife

    ★★★★

    76/100

    An almost inexplicably moving and engrossing film. I think that it’s core though, the emotional motor behind THE AVIATOR’S WIFE is this: Francois’ relentless, suffocating romanticism. It’s what holds him in his toxic relationship with Anne, and it’s the paranoia that stems from how clingy and jealous he is that keeps him restless for the duration of the film. The brilliantly timed reveal of the woman in the blue’s identify perfectly cements how ridiculous his mentality is. It amazes…

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  • The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America

    The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America

    ★½

    21/100

    Mockumentary level. It ultimately doesn’t feel like this is saying anything revelatory about modern American political discourse—that is, unless you count “black people are expected to vote democrat and the liberal media exploits tragedies for political gain (an act so mutually exclusive that no conservative news source would ever do such a thing)”. Absolutely astounding how much of THE TRAYVON HOAX is just b-roll of Gilbert figuring out how to use his computer, reading urban dictionary so that he…

  • Zelig

    Zelig

    ★★

    40/100

    I honestly don’t see how this is any more funny or absorbing than it‘d be without the mockumentary framing. ZELIG’s presentation deliberately distances itself so far from genre expectations that it tarnishes any humorous reading this concept would beckon, as it seems to me that had Allen let these scenes play out in same manner they do here minus the frequently overbearing, obnoxious narration and talking heads scenes (which bear so much resemblance to the type of documentary filmmaking…

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  • 6 Underground

    6 Underground

    ★★★½

    67/100

    “Little things into big ones.” Density. Pure-blooded maximalist cinema. What Bay has created here is the absolute conclusion to his style of  filmmaking. The “narrative” completely takes the back seat to the action, which is exhilarating. It’s this pulpy, idiosyncratic fever dream in which you must let the adrenaline rush engross you. It frankly doesn’t matter what the film is “about”. With 6 UNDERGROUND, Michael Bay births a series of images in sound and color that protrudes upon itself. His auteurist vision won’t…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★

    51/100

    Just cannot bring myself get on board with this. The formal precision, while helping this film to be technically sound, ends up really serving to make this film feel inauthentic at the end of the day. It just feels too clean. I never really found myself invested in the characters because of this. While I was supposed to be on the edge of my seat, emotionally sold on everything going on, all that I was feeling was indifference. I didn’t…