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Blackhat (Mann, 2015)

An exceptionally versatile aesthetic allows MANN to seamlessly transition between film types. Daring, Candid, and Different. MANN finds the viewer through pushing them away. Stay alert to enter his world; allow the film to push you away and you’ll miss … Continue reading

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Brief thoughts on Hou

There’s something quite awkward, even unrefined in the long takes of Hou’s more languid, observational films, especially those regarding youth culture, and yet this restrained approach to the quotidian somehow has an inescapable power of attraction. At times bizarrely mundane … Continue reading

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Boyhood (Linklater, 2014)

Coming from a secularist, Boyhood is a surprisingly poetic film. Linklater is not known for crafting highly aesthetic or spiritual films, but the means by which he weaves in philosophy and questions the meaning of life is a method of … Continue reading

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (Palfi, 2012)

An original story is conceived by collecting  and editing years of cinema. The story is dynamically told through out of context clips from an assortment of films and television episodes. Without a context of its own, it transcends meaning. As … Continue reading

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Russo Brothers, 2014)

After a rocky start, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) becomes a tour de force of blockbuster filmmaking. About the time that Fury is chased down by four Hydra men disguised as cops, the film’s well choreographed action sequences and … Continue reading

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Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II (Trier, 2014)

Though split into two volumes, this is truly one cohesive film, with motifs and stylistic choices seamlessly crossing between both efforts. I will, for this reason, not review the films as separate volumes but as a whole. I will mention, … Continue reading

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Before Midnight (Linklater, 2013)

The latest installment of Linklater’s Before… triptych has our atypical romantic-comedy duo Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) in the Peloponnes towards the end of the summer. Now together—and with twins—they fight about the hardships and sacrifices each have … Continue reading

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Now You See Me (Leterrier, 2013)

Now You See Me (2013) begins as a fun thrill ride. From the outset, Leterrier puts in motion a provocative storyline and complementary editing pace to get the viewer invested in the trick. In the end, the trick is on … Continue reading

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Spring Breakers (Korine, 2012)

In Spring Breakers (2012), Harmony Korine takes the core idea of Spring Break—a chance to be free of inhibitions and let yourself run wild—and takes it to the extreme. Perhaps exaggerating to make a point, he depicts four college girls … Continue reading

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Place Beyond The Pines (Cianfrance, 2012)

Cianfrance’s Place Beyond The Pines strongly evokes the feeling of passage—the passage of time, the passage of motion, the passage of ideas. The balanced structure harmonizes elements of cinematography, narrative, and ultimately narration to achieve a celebration of passing and … Continue reading

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