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YEAR ENDING (2014)

Movie of the Month

December

Inherent Vice – Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson

“The zeitgeist of an era hopped up on mysticism and too poetically justified in its paranoia to get up off the couch and expose an actual unseeable constant: a true conspiracy; pondered both objectively as a counterculture Chinatown and subjectively as a stoner Shutter Island.” -d

 

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November

Force Majeure (Turist) – Directed by Ruben Östlund

“In icy increments, a storm front of maternal disenchantment cryogenically seals the masculine ego from an avalanche of its own unrealistic expectations.” -d

 

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October

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Love of cinema.” -d

 

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September

The Drop – Directed by Michaël R. Roskam

“So cinematically redundant a setting that genre-ists could avoid every last crack in the sidewalk blindfolded, that is until the corrosive runoff of concentrated characterization seeps through and renders the ‘old neighborhood’ practically unrecognizable .” -d

 

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August

Canopy – Directed by Aaron Wilson

“Shades of lush, engulfing doom accentuate the elemental and eradicate all artifice outside the imagination where its role in survival remains pivotal.” -d

 

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July

Boyhood – Directed by Richard Linklater

“A tightrope walk on a timeline tethered to the unknowable and stretching a span commensurate with magnifying the minor key.” -d

 

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June

Snowpiercer – Directed by Joon-ho Bong

“Thematically dovetailing diversionary tactics divert the schematics of a deranged dystopia; deriding blockbuster tropes and dampening action set-pieces in the spectre of species extinction.” -d

 

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May

Locke – Directed by Steven Knight

“Steven Knight willfully handicaps himself, modestly mimicking his protagonist’s existential predicament and pinning any aspiration to outstrip his premise’s intrinsic gimmickry on a never more race-ready Tom Hardy.” -d

 

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April

Under The Skin – Directed by Jonathan Glazer

“Cinéma vérité acts as a tour guide authenticating the withholding distance between beauty and the eye of the beholder by adding layers of abstraction to an anthropological art installation that baits us into our own flaying.” -d

 

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March

Enemy – Directed by Denis Villenueve

With a slowly unspooling web of inverted dream-logic, Villenueve weaves a jaundiced, Totalitarian nightmare that you wake up into rather than up from. -d

 

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February

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Directed by Wes Anderson

You might need a magnifying glass to read the consummate analog artist’s ornate mission statement but his stubborn refusal to become anything other than ‘a glimmer of civilization in the face of the barbaric slaughterhouse we know as humanity’ is bold and in all caps. -d

 

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January

A Field in England – Directed by Ben Wheatley

This vulgarian-Shakespearian traipse into one’s darkest nature begs an apostasy of faith and the disavowal of a sworn oath, only to kneel and cower ‘neath the cosmic consequences of breaking a fast with psilocybin fungi.  -d