Tag Archives: 2000s

Best Picture Oscar: Moonlight [2016]

A young boy tries to find his place in the brutal eco system of the Miami public school system, finding scarce comfort or connection with others in the world around him. Not exactly a study of race, education, narcotics, or … Continue reading

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Guilty Men [2016]

This is a film set in a tiny village in Colombia in the last days of the Paramilitary force, which was one half of a political struggle. It’s a very small film, focusing on just a couple of characters in … Continue reading

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The 12 Discs of Christmas, Aperitif for Destruction

One of the things that’s always fascinated me about Jazz is that it is an act of creation combined with interpretation. Each artist strives to take a common standard and find their own peculiar take on it – particularly in … Continue reading

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99 Homes [2014]

Dennis Nash [Andrew Garfield] is another losing house owner in the great crash of ’08 until Richard Carver [Michael Shannon] takes him on as his protege and transforms him into something far more interesting: a tragic protagonist undone by his … Continue reading

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus [2009]

It’s taken me the better part of six months to write this review, because every time I’ve tried to take some deep angle on this film it’s not been quite as deep as I think when I pick my starting … Continue reading

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Mission Impossible II [2000]

I was recently bed-ridden with illness for a few days and lacking the capacity for anything useful I re-watched the Mission: Impossible films available on Netflix (1, 2, 4). Each of them is interesting in their way, but this time … Continue reading

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Oldboy [2003]

Oldboy  is a complex knot of a problem whose ambiguities and refusal to make moral judgments make it, paradoxically, open to multiple interpretations that may not ever be completely reconcilable. I expect that for those who loved it, the odd shifts … Continue reading

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