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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    The phrase “eyes wide shut” is a contradiction in terms. Eyes can be “wide open,” suggesting a conscious knowledge or clear awareness of something, but eyes cannot be literally “wide shut” unless we approach the confusion of the term as a paradox of perception. For example, eyes might be figuratively “wide open” in the dream world with eyes literally “wide shut” to reality. A person’s eyes can be “wide open” to a number of pleasures and fantasies while keeping their…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★★

    We live in the world of RASHOMON. This is not to suggest we live in a world without facts. Or that truth doesn't exist. If you walk away from this film believing everything is up for grabs you've missed the mark. People really do get raped in the real world. People really do get murdered. The world is full of lies, theft, fraud, and sophistry. We misremember events, we get deluded, we intentionally deceive to gain the upper hand. 

    These are all facts —things…

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  • Django

    Django

    ★★★★

    Badass to the bone. A spattered jolt of mud, bullets and blood hewn across a barren wasteland of striking visuals, led by an anti-hero coursing with enough lethal intensity to take out more soldiers than the Civil War itself. Don’t fuck with 🎶 Djangooooo 🎶 ¿comprende mi amigos? Every time his theme song came on I screamed with delight. Reaches the same warrior levels as YOJIMBO and A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS, clearly indebted to both, only this bruising spool of…

  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★½

    The mythology of the American Old West never really disappeared, it just evolved and became more complex. The horse became the automobile. The cowboy became the gangster. The gun became the almighty dollar. Harsh, unruly country was developed into modern, newfangled city. Anarchy was eventually seduced by the greed of capitalism. And the promise of civilization to quell the savagery and lawlessness of the land ironically fell into the hands of organized thugs and fancy-looking criminals. Industrialization didn’t civilize America,…

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  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★★½

    MONOS exists on another planet, a perilous edge of the world fantasy that injects you with a syringe of Lord of the Flies + Aguirre, the Wrath of God. A brutal, unflinching fever dream that takes you hostage for 102min, starves you of its sociopolitical context, then forces you to survive its guerrilla anarchy. These are the lost boys and girls of Neverland. A dysfunctional young militia being trained for a war they can hardly understand, pushed to revolution more…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★★

    The final freeze-frame says it all. 

    Antoine has arrived on a vast and lonely coastal shore, liberated from the clutches of family and authoritarianism, with nothing to restrict him but the infinite possibility of the ocean. Days of crime, reform and hooky-playing are miles behind him. Detention centers are a thing of the past. Police can’t arrest him. Teachers can’t chide him. Parents and absent role models will no longer hurt him. And in this moment of idealization he feels…