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  • Just Don't Think I'll Scream

    Just Don't Think I'll Scream

    ★★★★

    [8]

    Is cinephilia healthy? It's a question I suspect a lot of us ask ourselves from time to time, and although we may have our doubts, we keep coming back to the cinema, that artificial world, for pleasures and reassurances that our "real" lives cannot provide. As I have mentioned on various occasions, I became a hardcore cinephile after my first wife left me and I was living alone in relative isolation. I found myself seeing upwards of four films…

  • MS Slavic 7

    MS Slavic 7

    ★★★½

    [7]

    This midlength film, about Audrey (Campbell), a young literary executor researching the correspondence between her great-grandmother, Polish-Canadian poet Zofia Bohdanowiczowa, and Polish-American writer / Nobel Prize nominee Jozef Wittlin, is starkly, startlingly material-oriented. Much of its running time is devoted to Audrey poring over the physical letters and artifacts from the Harvard Archives where Bohdanowiczowa's papers are deposited. We see the careful handling of envelopes and manuscripts, examined for clues to their fuller meaning.

    I don't know that I've…

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  • Creepy

    Creepy

    ★★★

    [6]

    I miss the old Kiyoshi. The can't-be-sold Kiyoshi. Back in the fold Kiyoshi. That was the bold Kiyoshi. Remember Cure Kiyoshi? That wasn't your Kiyoshi? 'Cause that was my Kiyoshi. Damn, that was fly, Kiyoshi! You came with Kairo, Kiyoshi. That shit was fire, Kiyoshi! Even Bright Future Kiyoshi, that ill repute Kiyoshi. I dug it all, Kiyoshi. So why'd you stall, Kiyoshi? And then that Journey to the Shore? You got some gall, Kiyoshi!

    I miss the real…

  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game

    ★★

    [4]

    If you happen to follow my Twitter feed, you'll know that I've already gotten a bit hot and bothered about this film. In retrospect, it was probably a good deal of energy wasted, or at least misdirected. I tend to forget that useless dreck like The Imitation Game is pimped on every streetcorner around Oscar season by an industry that considers movies as product, not art. Most of the time, that product is slathered in Adam Sandler, and it…