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  • Gotti

    Gotti

    ★★★

    "If people would obey the law, there would be no Mafia. If the police could resist graft, if the judges and politicians were incorruptible, there would be no Mafia because the Mafia could not exist without the cooperation of the others. Before there was a Mafia in the United States catering to the crime market, thriving first as bootleggers during Prohibition, there were other ethnic gangs supplying illegal demands and gradually buying their own way out of the slums. When…

  • No Home Movie

    No Home Movie

    What does it mean to watch your loved ones slowly succumb to the rigors of time? How on earth does one capture the fleeting essence of a parent's very being? Is one able to suddenly capture a lifetime of stories once a person's biological clock begins to run out? Will those stories even matter once the storyteller has departed this mortal coil? These are just a few of the challenging questions that form the bedrock of Chantal Akerman's latest cinematic…

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  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★

    A haggard ronin wandering ancient battlefields in search of an honorable death, except it's Tom Cruise finally finding the sweet release of death in a deliriously insane stunt gone awry

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

    This is the second post in a four-part series: tobecontd.com/thief-series/2014/1/16/thief-part-two-bodies-as-tools#.UthIp2RDsz2

    Jordan,

    Before preparing my response, and even before re-watching Thief and the rest of Mann’s oeuvre, I closed my eyes and thought of the sights and sounds I inherently associate with his work. I did this for two reasons: 1.) I wanted to see what formal aspects of Mann’s filmography most resonate with me and 2.) I was curious if countless critical readings and Twitter conversations had caused me to…