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  • Dangerous Beauty

    ★★★½

  • The Reflecting Skin

    ★★★★

  • The Mattei Affair

    ★★★★★

  • Screamers

    ★★½

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  • Dangerous Beauty

    Dangerous Beauty

    ★★★½

    As far as Hollywood biopics go this one is a little more risqué than most, though it still stumbles somewhat in its final act as things become progressively more implausible and schmaltzy. With that said, if you like your period pieces offset with a dash of satisfyingly ribald yet reasonably droll humour and aren't opposed to a fundamentally glamourized depiction of life as a courtesan in sixteenth century Venice you could certainly do worse. The cinematography and set design make…

  • The Reflecting Skin

    The Reflecting Skin

    ★★★★

    Somewhat underappreciated, twisted perversion of a Norman Rockwell painting come to life existing aesthetically somewhere between the earlier works of David Lynch and Terrence Malick, though not as uncomfortably tongue-in-cheek as the former or ponderous as the latter. Will floor you with its formal beauty while also making your skin crawl. Best experienced with little to no prior knowledge of the narrative elements.

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  • The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

    The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

    I've enjoyed the more recent Woody joints that I've seen such as Blue Jasmine and Vicky Christina Barcelona, but I've been told the majority of them are pretty awful so I have been working through the later-day catalog gingerly. This one was maybe slightly below average and I'd only recommend it to completists. It has a sort of cool old-timey tone and predictably strong performances, but the screenplay was only fitfully funny and Allen's attempt to hearken back to the zanier comic era of Sleepers and whatnot seemed forced as a result.

  • Screamers

    Screamers

    I wanted to like this but despite a strong atmosphere, a handful of effective scenes and generally reliable source material (Philip K. Dick), the entire thing didn't come together very well. The narrative and exposition was clunkily handled in particular, leading to a sense of not really giving a shit what is happening on screen even when it looks kind of cool. There was also some horrendously placed musical choices to the point where it was distracting, and I stand by a lot of this mid-level budget fare of the period not benefitting at all from hi-def.