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  • The Third Man
  • Ikiru
  • Charade
  • The Rapture

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  • The Souvenir Part II

    ★★★

  • Dead Calm

    ★★★★

  • The Deer Hunter

    ★★

  • A Screaming Man

    ★★★★½

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  • The Souvenir Part II

    The Souvenir Part II

    ★★★

    A perfectly acceptable addendum to the first film, but doesn’t really make a whole lot of justification for its existence beyond the intrigue of approaching the story from a meta narrative angle. Loses itself a bit in the process, or perhaps just tries to go too many places at once, but still has some affecting moments.

  • Dead Calm

    Dead Calm

    ★★★★

    Surely the best sea-set movie starring Billy Zane. Have to imagine this was sheer hell to make, and I have to respect it some on that front. But it’s also just a perfect efficient thriller, marred only by its opening and studio-mandated ending, both of which have images that probably weren’t meant to make me laugh but did. Love seeing Nicole Kidman with her natural hair and how she gets to be heroic without it being a Big Deal. Hope…

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    Leigh Whannell does this interpretation total justice, and it’s because he’s not making it an allegory that it works so well. This is abuse, and this is what it looks like, give or take some high-concept horror/sci-fi elements. By the same measure, it’s not torture porn, emotional or of his patented Saw variety. Elisabeth Moss’ peril isn’t at the expense of her dignity, and we’re able to buy that she can find her way through this, while still not assuming anything is certain. At least one revelation exposes some logic gaps but not so much that it goes completely astray.


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  • Zola

    Zola

    ★½

    Went in hoping for something ambitious, juggling insights on social media, sex work, and appropriation into its ripped-from-the-timelines pulpiness. Was left with close to nothing, a glorified re-enactment with no persona beyond some wholly unnecessary voiceovers and the occasional montage or artsy composition to break up the forced grittiness of it all. It never lets us sit with the discomfort or let the people in it have any sort of characterization. Never read the original thread or anything about it but it has to be more interesting than this.