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August 26th, 2016
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August 4th, 2016
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June 26th, 2016
05:26 pm

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The Neon Demon
Nicolas Winding Refn's (Drive, Only God Forgives) new movie The Neon Demon about feral models in LA has been tagged as "glam horror". A hyperstylized gialloesque version of Starry Eyes with elements of Mulholland Drive and especially Aronofsky's Black Swan. Gruesome in spots. Nice score by Cliff Martinez. Elle Fanning is great as the lead.
Unique credit: for kinbaku (one short non-graphic scene, fyi).

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The Infiltrator - Bryan Cranston in Florida drug sting
Indignation - "based on a Philip Roth novel"
Lights Out - If you turn out the lights, there's something stalking you in the darkness. July 22.
Cafe Society - Woody Allen.
Captain Fantastic - quirky family drama, in the same neighborhood as Little Miss Sunshine.
Doctor Strange - November.

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May 18th, 2016
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May 1st, 2016
11:42 am

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A Hologram for the King
Saw A Hologram for the King last night: basic setup is a struggling American salesman is sent to Saudi Arabia to sell a VR videoconferencing package. I have not read the Eggers novel this is adapted from and can't comment on how the movie relates to the book. Several bits in the film are overly abrupt and disjointed and don't work well, but a great deal of the movie is fine, and the two female leads, Sidse Knudsen and Sarita Choudhury, are excellent. Tom Hanks' amiable fish out of his cultural American waters performance is fine, but Lost in Translation did much of that concept already and I thought better than this. Unless you're an Eggers fan, or a Tom Tykwer fan (my main reason for going), you probably don't need to make a huge effort to catch this theatrically.

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April 30th, 2016
05:20 pm

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The VVitch
I can’t be the only one to look at The Witch poster and think “KERNING, PEOPLE!” http://cdn.film-book.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/the-witch-poster-01.jpeg

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February 2nd, 2016
07:08 pm

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January 4th, 2016
11:30 pm

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dreadfully late movie reviews!
Victor Frankenstein - I'd say it's redone in the style of Showtime's Penny Dreadful except Penny Dreadful already has a Frankenstein. Better than I, Frankenstein was, overall roughly on a par with Robert Downey Jr's second Sherlock Holmes movie. Lots of action, lots of quips and one-liners.

Opens with a "you know the story" monologue describing the basic elements reminiscent of the opening monologue of V For Vendetta. The movie is, however, a bait and switch: the main character of the movie is Igor narrating his story before, during, and after his time with Victor Frankenstein.

Daniel Radcliffe plays Igor (with hunchback) a lot like the classic Hunchback of Notre Dame, and post-hunchback as Frodo meets Edward Scissorhands.

Inspector Roderick Turpin is played by Andrew Scott, the BBC Sherlock's Moriarity and most recently the technocratic character in the new Bond movie Spectre. Turpin is analytic and deductive in the Sherlock way, but he's also a religious fanatic. One wonders why they chose the name of a famous real-world and literary highwayman who had naught to do with the right side of the law, but almost no one will notice and I found it more amusing than annoying.

I swear Victor Frankenstein's building is the same they used for Ewan MacGregor's starving writer's garret in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, as well as some of the cityscapes and exterior street sets. Craig Armstrong's (who also did the score for Moulin Rouge) score here is his usual huge orchestral with choirs style.

The monster is very Universal Studios, although the face looked like Mickey Rourke as Marv from the Sin City movies. Great monster.

Weird direction: twice in the movie, James MacAvoy declares his name - but as he starts to say "Vic..." the screen freezes, the soundtrack goes silent, the camera pulls back, and "VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN" appears in huge ornate script across the screen. Very distracting.

Best credit title: a tie between Glass Armonica, and Hair Punching.

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January 1st, 2016
01:47 am

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Happy New Year from Two Decades Ago


Happy New Year 2000, from Strange Days (1995). Twenty years and I'm not tired of this movie.

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December 31st, 2015
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