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  • City of God

    City of God

    ★★★★★

    Like if the energy of Goodfellas met La Haine.

    This is extreme dedication - couldn't have been made with less interested hands. Nothing feels like a set - you could crop out, past the edges of the frame, and still be convinced of its realism.

  • Joe Hisaishi in Budokan: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

    Joe Hisaishi in Budokan: Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert

    To see people who love their work - with everything around us, (or at least me), so cynical and diluted - just severe interest in what they're making, pushing them along to the next year - building on the last without really shitting on it.

    A blimp floating a few feet above the tops of buildings - the mild interest of the audience, who without a question accept Kiki with only mild interest at her being a witch - that's not so important. Hisaishi smiling at the musicians, and them smiling back.

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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    If there’s one thing i hate about bad horror movies (and there’s a lot to hate), it’s when the cop’s are nothing but a vehicle to tell the lead they’re crazy.

    It get’s to the point where you can almost right-off-the-bat figure out if it’s gonna be good by how dull the police-protagonist relationship is in the movie.

    One thing i like about Black Christmas (and there’s a lot to like) is how it doesn’t just have a mature police chief who…

  • Southern Comfort

    Southern Comfort

    It works - lots of great tension coming from the last 10 minutes or so, and a good start.

    The soundtrack, although reflecting the place pretty well, feels pretty dull while we’re in the swamp. Not just that, but it actually removes some of the tension when silence would just be better.

    If a squad of the national guard is being hunted by faceless killers one scene, should the tension of them awaiting an ambush while walking through the swamp…