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storyguru, sensualist, theoryhead

The Bank Dick

We learn  plenty about Egbert Sousé — from the upstanding neighbor lady who misreads the accent in his last name and thinks him a “souse” to his daughters, wife and mother-in-law who think he’s not only a souse, but also … Continue reading

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John Wick

The excess of John Wick (the movie AND the character) demands our attention from the first moment until the last.  The hyper-stylized lighting, sets and costumes are an exquisite match for the guns, killing, choreography and the relentless chase after … Continue reading

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Swiss Army Man

Funny clever sweet inventive & worthwhile. Take the sad sack sensitive man boy who usually needs a manic pixie dream girl to find himself?  And substitute an amalgam of the Farelly Brothers and Michel Gondry in the world of the … Continue reading

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The Revenant

More than a little Wilderness-Porn-in-Cinemascope threatens to overwhelm Iñárritu’s severe and epic tale of a long journey.  Ultimately these breathtaking scenarios fail though, fail to distract us from the narrative questions that creep, crawl and stumble through these mountains, forests, … Continue reading

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I Killed My Mother

If a young Pedro Almodovar had been strongly influenced by Wes Anderson, this is the film I imagine he would make.  I Killed My Mother chronicles the painfully strained relationship between Hubert, a gay seventeen year old boy, not quite … Continue reading

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Beasts of No Nation

One of the beautiful outcomes of this film is that while we are rigorously situated alongside Agu’s experience of a confusing, shifting war — we are also given the gift of a film without any pure evil.  The Commandant is the … Continue reading

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Citizenfour

Citizenfour reminds us what a documentary might actually achieve — a patient visual record of the world: full of feeling, emotion, pregnant with fear and hope, quiet and invitational.  The funny thing is that we are not used to this … Continue reading

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