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December 4, 2015

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The Revenant | Alejandro González Iñárritu

December 4, 2015
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Combining what some have called his propensity for “arthouse miserablism” in films like Babel or Biutiful with a newfound fetish for conspicuous formal audacity (see Birdman’s much-discussed faux single take), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant is a simultaneously uneven and thrilling combination of grisly violence, immense portent, and for the most part immaculate technical craft. Primarily the truly harrowing ordeal of a frontier scout (Leonardo DiCaprio) left for dead by a murderous…

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The Forbidden Room | Guy Maddin

December 4, 2015
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Period homages or allusions to Hollywood’s past can be diminished without a new perspective to contextualize them. This is to say, reviving a given style can be limiting without some novel approach to invigorate the attempt. A twitchy grab-bag of colorful visuals and narrative digressions, Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room burrows deep into early 20th century cinema, but its interested primarily in maintaining its stream of anachronistic lunacy. One grows accustomed to its herky-jerky editing style and lurching pace, established in the film’s schizophrenic opening credits which…

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