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  • Titus

    Titus

    ★★★

    Titus has a wackadoodle tone that seems to be chomping at the bit of Baz Luhrmann's highly frenetic Romeo + Juliet from a few years prior. This has to be Shakespeare's most heinous and vile play, and while it does get so grisly that it could reasonably be torqued into black comedy, it feels like Julie Taymor is disguising the nastiness with blunt absurdism and I didn't really jive with the take. It also seems preoccupied with mixed media stylishness…

  • The Russia House

    The Russia House

    ★★½

    It's no Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy or even A Most Wanted Man. John le Carré requires finesse and grace, and Fred Schepisi's The Russia House just can't muster it. There's all of this off-screen dialogue overtop of scenes that acts as a last ditch effort to give the movie momentum and to keep the audience informed, but it's so gratingly clumsy. The appealing part is watching Sean Connery tell the CIA and British Intelligence to go fuck themselves throughout the…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    This is the most convincing descent into Hell I've ever witnessed. Yes, I'm only just now getting to it. What's even more embarassing is that I saw the remake and the prequel to the remake in theaters when I was in high school. My ex-girlfriend loved horror so that's where I would take her to make out and half watch the gory whatever going on. So I was exposed enough to the story that I felt prepared for this. I…

  • Tender Mercies

    Tender Mercies

    ★★★★½

    Tender Mercies feels like an 8 hour movie reduced to its most poetic moments. There are worlds and events and lives surrounding it, but we're living on the fringe of it all. That's not to say there aren't pivotal dramatic events, but there's something about the expanse of sky, whistling wind, and passing cars that gives everything an ethereal feel. It's practically dreamlike. It reminds me of No Country for Old Men in many ways. Not just the land of…