Vadim has written 3 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2015.

  • Night Without Distance

    Night Without Distance

    ★★★★

    I'm not gonna excerpt this, but I wrote about this very cool short film here. The movie's all in negative reverse, so Blake Williams reversed some stills to see what the shots initially looked like, and the compare-contrast is pretty neat, I think.

  • Magic Mike XXL

    Magic Mike XXL

    ★★★★

    Magic Mike XXL is a putatively "modest"/"small" film — $14.8 million budget, 28-day shooting schedule, a shambling road movie meant to showcase extended musical numbers and largely excising the first film's recessionary panic. (Business is discussed, specifically the hustle of running a small business, but it's not the dominant throughline motivating everything as in the first, a line of inquiry Soderbergh pursued in Erin Brockovich, Bubble and The Girlfriend Experience, in ways that increasingly played like a meta-text about his…

  • Former Models

    Former Models

    ★★★★

    "The simplest way to describe this — a fantastical biography of Milli Vanilli’s Robert Pilatus, i.e. 'the one who killed himself' — eliminates its argumentative byways and additional layers. A prologue appropriates consumer-grade video of a plastics factory, its tonalities an ambient hum slowly clarified and reduced into a pure F-major chord, transforming the industrial apparatus into a producer of music. (Another interspersed thread buttressing that argument comes in thoughts from Andy Hildebrand, inventor of the seismic-wave detector that inadvertently…