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  • Romper Stomper

    Romper Stomper


    Sympathy for the skinheads isn't a message that plays well in 2018.

    The movie is tragically 90's, from its blue color coding, through its punk infused score and indie sensibilities, until its stylized depictions of violence, the movie plays like a decade in review. I fear that movies like these lose credibility with the passage of time. One could say dated, but this is worse than that. This is trapped in its release date. It is a time capsule, but…

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Smiles of a Summer Night


    Bergman’s rom com. Kinky and darkly twisted this film tells the tale of a variety of lovers, intermingling with one another’s partners.

    I did see the comedy here, but it didn’t work for me. I have an issue with portrayals of infidelity as comic. That isn’t a flaw with the movie, but it is how I respond to it.

    There are moments of cinematic grace mixed with spiritual / existential torment, it is a Bergman film after all.

    Finally, if…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood


    DDL brought to life one of cinema's most memorable characters, horrifying and sympathetic.

    Johnny Greenwood created a complex, neurotic, and mesmerizing score.

    Robert Elswit shot a film rich in texture, specific in pallet, and gorgeous beyond belief.

    Dylan Tichenor cut a film in a way that could have told the story simply through edits.

    PTA wrote a script that is obtuse and defiant. It is dense, yet accessible. Its a period piece / character study/ parable / cautionary tale /…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men


    World building. This is what I take away from CHILDREN OF MEN. Alfonso Cuaron did such an amazing job of developing the world in which these characters live, that it is hard to think of them anywhere else, even though they are not that far removed from the world we live in now. I'm not a huge fan of BLADE RUNNER, but Ridley Scott did the same thing there.

    Of course this film is visually stunning, if not a bit…