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  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Le Samouraï
  • Zodiac
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  • The Brotherhood

    ★★½

  • Paprika

    ★★★★

  • I Walk Alone

    ★★★½

  • The Desperate Hours

    ★★★½

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    Merry freakin' Christmas. 

    The critic to audience disparity for this on Rotten Tomatoes is hilariously huge (I must be a filthy snob, as I nearly always find myself on the critic's side when this happens). I'll add my vote to the praise column on this one. It's thematically dense and thought provoking, has great performances, an engaging visual aesthetic and feel, and I really enjoy the way Lowery continues to treat time as a strange, non linear space (though A…

  • The Set-Up

    The Set-Up

    ★★★★★

    "Don't ya see Bill, you're always one punch away."

    Robert Wise's The Set-Up is the story of Stoker, a boxer widely considered to have left his best years behind him at the age of 35. He has a shot at a 23 year old kid who he truly believes that he can beat, and that when he does he will finally get his chance at the title. There's just one problem - no one else believes he can win. His wife…

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  • The Brotherhood

    The Brotherhood

    ★★½

    Two brothers, Frank (Kirk Douglas) and Vince (Alex Cord) Ginetta, find themselves with competing ideas about how to advance the criminal enterprise they are in the upper echelon of. Frank is more conventional, tethered to the ideas of the previous generation. Vince has a fancy pants education and wants to start utilizing new fangled technologies to avoid having their business become obsolete. 

    This particular type of structure is a tough sell for me. Starting at the end, flashing back and…

  • Paprika

    Paprika

    ★★★★

    Paprika is a visually engaging, imaginative movie. It has a kind of Alice in Wonderland meets Inception vibe, is extremely well paced and is told with a clarity uncharacteristic of narratives that deal with dream states and mental uncertainty. Cool stuff.

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  • I Walk Alone

    I Walk Alone

    ★★★½

    "It's you I'm worried about. Once you use that gun you'll have a gun in your hand the rest of your life. That's not for me."

    After serving 14 years in prison, Frankie Madison (Burt Lancaster) returns to claim the 50% of revenue from a lucrative nightclub, The Regent, promised to him by his former partner in crime Noll Turner (Kirk Douglas) before he went away. 

    This is another of those movies that doesn't offer much originality on the story…

  • The Desperate Hours

    The Desperate Hours

    ★★★½

    "Nobody gives me orders"

    Three escaped convicts, led by Glenn Griffin (Humphrey Bogart) take the Hilliard family hostage in order to hide out from the law in their home. The longer they stay the more the question of how much increasingly desperate father Dan (Fredric March) will tolerate before taking a stand. 

    This isn't exactly new narrative territory. In some ways it plays like a non-annoying version of Blind Alley (1939). It's fascinating to see Bogart take another turn on…