Year Ending (2015)

MOVIE OF THE MONTH

 

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December

The Revenant –  Alejandro González Iñárritu

“The harshest elements conspire to sentence a twisted spirit to an insurmountable ordeal of the flesh, the endurance of which Iñárritu presents here as sacrament.” -d

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November

Mustang – Deniz Gamze Ergüven

“From breezy to bracing and in the blink of an eye, a brace-yourself call to arms, thus far unreachable by speechifying.” -d

 

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October

Love (3D) –  Directed By Gaspar Noé

“From a pulse that exists beyond time, Gaspar Noé extracts something thicker than blood, transfusing it with tenderness before sexually transmitting it into three dimensions.” -d

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September

Sicario – Directed By Denis Villeneuve

“After architecting a lamentably underestimated indie-masterpiece with Enemy, Villeneuve scales up, executing an equally exacting militaristic campaign against the cornball moralism, hagiographic redaction and questionable lensing associated with the subject of Cartels in cinema and television.” -d

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August

We Come As Friends – Directed By Hubert Sauper

“Fleeter than any film can be expected to function when its director is forced to fly blind though the cauldron of havoc wrought when the sour hearts of closet-imperialists, economic despots and fascists of faith conspire to plunder a continent.” -d

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July

Tangerine – Directed By Sean Baker

“Supposing Cassavetes was still with us AND frequenting Transgender prostitutes, I dare say even the Indie-Ringmaster himself would be hard-pressed to pull off this outré a Three-ring Shit-show with the poise of one of his most promising pupils.” -d

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June

Manglehorn – Directed By David Gordon Green

“Mr. Pacino’s stealth capacity to compel and color a crippling characterization with effortless nuance is a facility finally in step with a director intent on avoiding every pitfall of a seemingly commonplace premise.” -d

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May

Mad Max: Fury Road – Directed By George Miller

“Pawning his lost brand of cinematic PCP to a new generation, George Miller makes the executive decision to only deal in bulk and in doing so affects such irreparable damage as to require penance in the form of a humanist parable.” -d

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April

Ex Machina-  Directed By Alex Garland

“This sedately sensual first step into our inevitable obsolescence winds up crucial to the sci-fi cannon, evolving into an unassuming worthy prequel to Blade Runner.” -d

 

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March

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter –  Directed By David Zellner

“One woman unwittingly arms herself against the cultural malaise and atrophy it inspires subsequently fumbling into a life worth watching.” – d

 

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Feb

Maps To The Stars – Directed By David Cronenberg

“Allotting only for anxiety to act as anesthetic, Cronenberg evenhandedly vivisects the vapid surfaces that armor us and avert our gaze away from our origins and toward our navels.” – d

 

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Jan

Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales) –  Directed By Damián Szifron

“Without undercutting the exposed nerve or overstating the cathartic dead-end of regression, the Road Runner cartoon aesthetic cheer-leads our animalistic impulses to incitement when civilization fails us.” – d