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Old November 18 2011, 06:21 PM   #857
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Re: Movies Seen in 2011

160. Immortals (C+)
161. J. Edgar (B)
162. City of God (A)

Ugh, I typed this up once before and then lost it because the server was busy.

Anyway, I saw Meirelles' The Constant Gardener when it came out back in 2005, but didn't get around to seeing the film that put him on the map until now. The big selling point is how effectively it captures the rhythms of oral storytelling onto film, between an ingenius narrative structure and the dynamic cinematography. It holds you at a bit of a distance from the characters, so the individual deaths generally don't have a huge impact; the thing you take away from it is more the slow grind of violence, much the same feeling, I imagine, as you'd find if you actually lived in a place like this.
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