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  • The Keep

    The Keep


    Michael Mann is a god. To watch his films is to see the potential Leo Tolstoy saw in the medium and what Sergei Eisenstein and DW Griffith made early stabs at with their films. To appreciate the climactic sequences of Heat, Miami Vice, Last of the Mohicans, Ali, Thief, and maybe Manhunter is to understand that Mann designed those films to crescendo with purely visual moments accompanied only by overwrought highly emotional music. They are successful attempts to use the…

Recent reviews

  • Pride & Prejudice

    Pride & Prejudice


    Joe Wright in some ways is an inspired choice for this material but he's also entirely wrong for it. I do enjoy how into long takes he is. It's distracting in a way that makes me feel like he really loves the medium. It gives the whole thing a cinematic flair that the book doesn't necessarily lend itself to. That's part of the inspired part. The thing this is missing is the buoyant comic tone of the novel and a…

  • Little Murders

    Little Murders


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's a little wonky at times but this movie is pretty amazing. There are several scenes that are straight up classic, including Sutherland and Arkin both showing up for a scene each and hitting home runs. It has a whole deliberately psychotic comedic tone that they somehow pull off. I think it's because it has this nifty way of establishing that the moral order of this universe is completely backwards but it's done in the form of set up and…

Popular reviews

  • Midsommar


    If the whole thing with the parents and the sister at the beginning had been cut out, how would the plot be different in any sense? If that sequence where she exhales a black cloud of smoke were cut out, how would that change the film at all? If you've just witnessed a group of people commit a violent act, would you really sneak in and take pictures when you were expressly forbidden to do so previously? Or what about…

  • Riot in Cell Block 11

    Riot in Cell Block 11


    I would recommend reading Bill James' Popular Crime before watching this film. The end of that book has a long section about prison reform in which people often ignore how liberal people were in the 1950s. He makes a strong case given that the roots of many reforms that came in the 60s were an outgrowth of growing liberal attitudes from the previous decade. Here is a case in point. This film feels progressive *for 2021* in how it views…