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The Lost City Of Z

Viewed: 26 April 2017
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Very conventional tale of Percy Fawcett and his obsession with the Amazon. It tries to do too much. I wanted Fitzcarraldo, and it’s no Fitzcarraldo.


Get Out

Viewed: 22 March 2017
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Very smart, witty, and deserving of praise. I could do with less jump scares, but it is a horror film. Fantastic.


Swiss Army Man

Viewed: 28 February 2017
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How does a farting-zombie-with-special-powers-story hold together for an hour and half? It does with aplomb and humor. And it is so profoundly weird.


The Lobster

Viewed: 29 January 2017
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A twisted take on modern relationships… but that doesn’t matter. It’s hilarious. And insane. Lanthimos sets up a bleak logic, and follows the madness to find hilarity.


Anomalisa

Viewed: 24 December 2016
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It’s a tough nut to crack. There is the obvious, then there is more?


Orange Sunshine

Viewed: 05 December 2016
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Orange Sunshine is about a commune in Laguna Beach which became the largest psychedelic smuggling operation in the world during the 1960s. The documentary is well made, with good interviews and recreations. It lacks a variety of perspective, being told almost exclusively by surviving members of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love. Still, it is a interesting peak into a time and place, with some crazy stories.


Spectre

Viewed: 26 November 2016
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Spectre is entertaining, and rollicking, and everything you want from a James Bond film. It is among the better of the Daniel Craig era, though still in the shadow of Casino Royal.


Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them

Viewed: 25 November 2016
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A clever, engaging story, poorly directed.


Closely Watched Trains

Viewed: 26 October 2016
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Everything about it, the story, the performances, the setting, is just a perfect sweet little film. A perfect sweet little film about premature ejaculation, sabotage, and war.


Ex Machina

Viewed: 22 September 2016
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Interesting, foreboding, Oscar Isaacs's performance is most of that. The film is slow at times, leading to impending doom. When the doom arrives, the film ends on a very dark note. The living will envy the dead.


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