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Blackhat (2015)

Perhaps the highest praise I can lay on Blackhat is that it is undoubtedly a Michael Mann movie. He treats the world of cyber hacking with the same dense, attention to detail that he laid on the subjects of Manhunter, Heat, The Insider and Miami Vice as well as many others. 597 more words

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2015)

Print the legend. Was it John Ford who said that? I can’t remember. Anyway, I recall hearing the story that inspired Kumiko not long after seeing Fargo in my early teens (a film which, to this day, sits in my top ten of all time) and while tragic, it felt in keeping with the dark humour the Coens thrive off of. 491 more words

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Creative Nonfiction (2009)

My recent plunge into the early mumblecore stuff sent me back to Lena Dunham who I’m a fan of from Girls and Tiny Furniture. Before that movie though, Dunham made Creative Nonfiction, a no-budget document of her college days. 187 more words

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Baghead (2008)

In stark contrast to The Puffy Chair, Baghead has a current of cruelty running beneath it. I get the sense that once the Duplass brothers were swept away onto the festival circuit with their breakthrough movie, they encountered a lot of people and attitudes that inspired this follow-up. 181 more words

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The Puffy Chair (2005)

Despite only seeing The Puffy Chair until now it feels like I’ve been inspired by it for a long time. It’s often cited as one of the first “mumblecore” movies and along with Andrew Bujalski’s Funny Ha Ha and Joe Swanberg’s Kissing on the Mouth it sent ripples through the independent annals of American cinema. 310 more words

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While We're Young (2015)

I’ve never been much of a Baumbach fan. I’ve never disliked any of his movies, but I rarely have the urge to think about or return to them after one watch. 483 more words

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Men, Women & Children (2014)

Oh how far the great have fallen. I wasn’t among those damning Jason Reitman’s last misfire Labor Day, I found it to be an interesting and necessary change in pace for him even if it wasn’t entirely successful – but as much as I hoped to feel similar about Men, Women & Children I just couldn’t get on board with it. 167 more words

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