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

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  • Making True Detective

    ★★★

  • El Conde

    ★★

  • Society of the Snow

    ★★

  • American Fiction

    ★★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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  • Making True Detective

    Making True Detective

    ★★★

    I've been complaining about season four of True Detective ever since the premiere episode, and people ask me what I wanted out of it. Let me tell you:

    I want a detective procedural that plumbs the depths of someone's soul, taking them to the absolute brink of self-destruction, while they sort through the wreckage of their human condition and try to make sense out of the horrific, brutal, monstrous crimes staring them in the face. I want unreliable anti-heroes who…

  • El Conde

    El Conde

    ★★

    I don't know enough about Pinochet and Chilean politics to critique this film's thesis, but the broad strokes fascist commentary resonates. A character talks about influence peddling and I immediately think of Trump. Most of it just feels pretentious, like director Pablo Larraín just used his Hollywood clout to remake his 2015 film The Club with millions more dollars. The obvious metaphors, the indulgent but beautiful black and white cinematography by Edward Lachman, the intrusive narration that precludes any actual…

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  • 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…

  • 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…