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  • Blackhat

    ★★★★

  • How to Blow Up a Pipeline

  • Bones and All

    ★★★

  • Paris, Texas

    ★★★★½

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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

    "Blackhat makes us feel the struggle of the individual to maintain a discrete sense of self within the disorientation of enormously complex digital networks. The camera is sometimes too far away from its subjects, and often too close to see the whole face, with characters reduced to impressions of their ear, their hair, the nape of their neck. The opening sequence, which recalls Charles and Ray Eames’s Powers of Ten (1977), begins with aerial views of networked city lights visible…

  • How to Blow Up a Pipeline

    How to Blow Up a Pipeline

    Interviewed Danny Goldhaber before TIFF:

    Q:
    Let’s start with Nocturama, which you quote in the film’s first shot. We talked a little before today about that film’s politics; do you think it’s conservative? 

    A:
    I love Nocturama, but it’s ultimately about a group of characters being crushed by the arm of the state. I think that that is very accurate. I think that that is often what happens to progressive movements. But, when you think about what the value of…

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  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★

    Gambling as the Western myth of America as the open road and the promise of reinvention—just drive and drive until you’re someone new—vs gambling as the latter-day Western reality of tribal gaming licenses: 

    “Washa Casino, what kinda name is that?”
    “It’s indigenous.”
    “Then where’s all the Indian shit?”

    Where indeed? America’s got debts no honest man can pay. Paul Schrader’s guilt-ridden men in rooms—Vietnam veteran Travis Bickle; semi-reformed druggie John LeTour; Toller; Tell—live monastic existences but keep diaries in which they…

  • The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers

    ★★★★½

    as with all top-tier Schrader, if you told me this movie was directed by a virgin, i would believe you