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  • Breaking the Waves
  • Blue Velvet
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Citizen Kane

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  • Shut In

    ★½

  • The Acquaintances of a Lonely John

    ★★

  • We're Going to the Zoo

    ★★

  • Swallowed

    ★½

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    George A. Romero's masterpiece. A subversive anti-capitalist manifesto, spot-on indictment of consumerist culture and desensitization, and an exploration of the social construct vs. human nature debate, masquerading as a nail-biting zombie apocalypse thriller with some of the greatest gore effects of all time, Dawn Of The Dead is not just one of the best horror films ever made, but also one of the greatest artistic statements from a filmmaker at the top of his game.

    I'll break all that down…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I award a lot of films five stars, because my criteria is based on relative perfection attained with respect to what the filmmakers are attempting to convey. In other words, any film has the ability to be awarded five stars; no film is denied the potential solely based on subject matter. But when I look back at my time spent in a darkened theatre I honestly can count the number of transcendent film experiences I’ve had on one hand, maybe…

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  • Shut In

    Shut In

    ★½

    Watched only for Vincent Gallo, whose career trajectory, which includes a return to cinema after a nearly ten year absence, with this garbage, has become one of the saddest aspects of the medium in the twenty-first century. I don't get it. Is he friends with director D. J. Caruso? Did Caruso hire him from that ridiculous website where Gallo sells himself for evenings and weekends, not to mention samples of his semen? If it's just for food on the table,…

  • The Acquaintances of a Lonely John

    The Acquaintances of a Lonely John

    ★★

    A step above We're Going To The Zoo, if for no other reason than something happens - the characters are actually doing things. But for the most part this is just Benny Safdie with a bit more confidence, and growing ambitious with titles. If it weren't for Uncut Gems and Good Times I wouldn't give this the time of day, as well nobody should.

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  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★★★

    You can tell after the first ten minutes of watching Clouds Of Sils Maria that it is not a Hollywood production; one, because Juliette Binoche's character Maria is still alive, and two, because Kristen Stewart is actually allowed to act, and she's pretty great at it by the way.

    In yet another year of middling roles for women, Sils Maria is a dream come true. Masterfully directed by Olivier Assayas, the film centers on an aging actress preparing to play…

  • Wasp

    Wasp

    ★★★★★

    It's easy to sit back and judge Zoë for dragging her kids to the pub and forcing them to wait outside all night, while she goes on a date inside with an old high school crush, and he has no idea. But to do so is to react to the situation and ignore the film itself. Director Andrea Arnold understands the life or death urgency for Zoë to feel desired again, "normal" again, just one more time, the way it…