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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    ★★½

    A sexy enough film which is completely hijacked by some of the least useful and most distracting voiceover writing imaginable. It was as if Woody Allen had a nearly finished product and then realized it just wasn't quite pretentious enough...

  • The Act of Killing

    The Act of Killing

    ★★★★★

    I feel wretched giving something 5 stars that is so unsettling and disturbing down to its core. Captivating and bizarre, I laughed at times but only out of necessity at the unbelievable strangeness and evil on display.

    If this film doesn't shake you, you are unshakable.

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    Even more unsettling and enjoyable the second time around. At once the most blunt and restrained social commentary Hollywood has produced in the past decade. How Gyllenhaal was not even nominated for this performance is ridiculous...

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ½

    I can understand why this is every film critic's darling of 2015. It's got everything they want: dark, deadpan humor that feels uncomfortable to laugh at, outrageous social and sexual parody of modern culture very much in the vein of Being John Malkovich, an unsettling musical score which mixes well with a very bizarre script, random and shocking violence and nice slow-motion shots of people running.

    It is also one of the least enjoyable films I have ever watched, downgraded tremendously by the constant reminder of just how hard Lanthimos is trying here...