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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★★★★

    “Among the many extraordinary things that [British intelligence officer Nicholas] Elliot had done in his life, however, the most extraordinary and undoubtedly the most painful was to sit face-to-face in Beirut with his close friend, colleague and mentor Kim Philby, and hear him admit that he had been a Soviet spy for all the years that they had known each other…

    … no amount of the caustic levity that was his stock-in-trade was going to take away the pain of…

  • Cameraperson

    Cameraperson

    ★★★★★

    Some movies feel like they're made for you-- they perfectly reflect your thoughts and feelings at the moment in your life when you view them. Cameraperson is that for me, now. It elaborates and ruminates on methods of filmmaking that I practice in my life. 

    Assembled from pieces of extra footage collected by veteran documentary DP Kirsten Johnson, and thoughtfully edited together by Nels Bangerter, Cameraperson moves through distinct times and places, moments of beauty, horror, and intimacy, to create what…

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  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★½

    My brother asked to rewatch Inception with me in honor of its tenth anniversary. He cares more about that sort of thing than I do, but even aside from that I was a little reluctant to watch— after seeing it in theaters in together the summer of 2010, I went on to watch it around seven more times on my own within the next year. I listened to the soundtrack a ton, my parents gave me the book of the…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★

    You can see here some of the techniques Lynch goes on to use in The Return, like motifs and images of objects people have discussed but don’t have a direct significance, and digital manipulation of faces. Ultimately, the emotional impact of repetition here suffers because of the shorter runtime than The Return. Inland Empire even gets into a bit of a rut in the second half of its runtime, wherein I started to feel and expect the pattern of “strange sequence”…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    I, uh, hated it



    edit (11/01/18):
    This is quickly becoming my most liked review ever and I’m not thrilled with the thought of that distinction going to a review made up of four words and two punctuation marks (give my Cameraperson review a like instead!). I want to expand on why Suspiria not only did not click with me, but why the script misses the mark for its character development and its thematic, political commentary. The latter is the objectively…

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★

    if a film bro were a film, it would be this film