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Blue Ruin (2013)

Jeremy Saulnier‘s Blue Ruin is a revenge film that plays into the established tropes of the genre only to subvert them with chilling consequences. Dwight Evans (Macon Blair) lives in and out of his car with sporadic illicit visits to other people’s homes in order to take a bath. He is a veritable bum, scavenging for…

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20,000 Days on Earth (2014)

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard helm a documentary film about legendary Australian musician/writer Nick Cave, purporting to show 24 hours in the life of the artist, his 20,000th day on earth. The film is book-ended by two phenomenally edited sequences. The first one consists of an assault of images and video clips spanning the entire life…

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Medea (2014)

Director Carrie Cracknell’s take on Ben Power’s new version of Euripedes‘ Medea is a devastating experience, one that will leave you reeling distressingly in its wake. Medea (Helen McCrory), having threatened Kreon (Martin Turner), the King of Corinth, and his daughter Kreusa (Clemmie Sveaas), because the latter robbed her of her husband Jason (Danny Sapani), is…

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Venus in Fur (2013)

Roman Polanski‘s Venus in Fur, his fourth film based on a stage play, is a powerful concoction of impeccable direction, virtuoso acting and superb writing. It is also very funny. Playwright turned stage director Thomas Novacheck (Mathieu Amalric) is frustrated because he cannot find a leading lady for his adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch‘s novel…

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The Ice-Bucket Challenge

The Capybara believes that the Ice Bucket Challenge is a dead wet rat. It stopped being about awareness and empathy a long number of silly videos ago. It’s become a fad. It’s all about the bucket, the rehearsed righteous statements, the hagiographic close-up shot of the donation, the cool stunt and the number of likes…

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest of Marvel‘s marvels, an upscale homage to the daytime matinee serials of yore and a mishmash of movies and characters that we’ve all seen before. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is a ravager (ie a space pirate) who steals an orb which, unbeknownst to him, contains the…

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Last year’s The Purge (2013) was a sleeper hit, a harmless action (horror?) flick that was a lot less clever and engaging than it purported itself to be but whose success guaranteed it a sequel. It’s March 21, 2023 and the annual Purge, whereby the law closes both eyes to almost any kind of crime for…

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The Merchant of Venice (2014)

This year MADC undertook one of the most well-known and controversial plays by William Shakespeare, one that walks a very fine line between sympathy and outrage at the world’s most (in)famous moneylender. Bassanio (Philip Leone Ganado), madly in love with Portia (Coryse Borġ), asks his friend Antonio (Michael Mangion) if he could intercede on his behalf and ask…

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The Dance of Reality (2013)

Alejandro Jodorowsky‘s latest film, La Danza de la Realidad, is an account of his childhood spent in Chile, segueing into his father’s existential journey triggered by a political act. Despite being a native of the little town of Tocopilla, little Alejandro (Jeremías Herskovits), the son of Russian immigrants Jaime (Brontis Jodorowsky) and Sara (Pamela Flores), finds…