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  • Gravity
  • The Shock of the Future
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  • Annihilation

    ★★★★½

  • There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★

  • Revolutionary Road

    ★★★★

  • Searching

    ★★★★★

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  • He Got Game

    He Got Game

    ★★★★½

    There is no film director with an affinity for the sport of basketball quite like Spike Lee. So it stands to reason that eventually he would make this kind of movie. He Got Game is almost a play at a reverse Field of Dreams. Basketball is the love that connects even the most destroyed of father-son relationships.

    In this film, we get a taste of Denzel Washington in a somewhat antagonistic role, which we'd fully see a few years later…

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    This was only my second viewing of this iconic film. I always try to find different things, learn something new, and see different perspectives upon further viewings. That occurs best when removing the shock value of a first viewing.

    The Silence of the Lambs is very much Clarice Starling's (Jodie Foster) movie. Jonathan Demme, called by many "the master of the close-up", uses that to put us through her viewpoint, as she encounters discomfort, uneasiness, and misogyny as a hotshot…

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★½

    I will always highly rate sci-fi films that require good brain usage. Alex Garland has been known to write and direct a good amount of these. This is no exception.

    Annihilation mixes such thought-provoking sci-fi and horror to present us with this unique story of otherworld visitors. It's a rather slow burn, but that's one of the things I like most about it. Quite colorful and artsy. High on the science, which is something I can always appreciate.

    Great performance by the ensemble cast led by Natalie Prtman.

    NOTE: THE BEAR. 😖

    90%

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★

    When it fades in from back on that opening shot of the dirty mountains and Jonny Greenwood's brooding score comes on, you know you're not about to witness something pleasant.

    There Will Be Blood ultimately doesn't have a particular destination, so its journey is where the story is. Like the oil he so desperately prospects, Daniel Plainview is a character that is hard to wash off in the immediate aftermath of watching this. His "I hate most people" speech within…

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    I will always highly score "biopics" that aren't formulaic.

    It's seldom when haunting and heartbreaking looked so beautiful and was so quiet. Spencer is a brief, yet implosive portrait of a particular moment of Diana Spencer's life in royalty when the walls were closing in, even in the happiest time of the year.

    What makes the performance of Kristen Stewart so riveting is, not the aggressive and dramatic moments (of which there are very few), but the quiet expressions. You…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    This film is a journey of the senses. It pulls us straight into the perspective of its protagonist. With superb sound design, we go into the head of a man going deaf and provokes thoughts of appreciating what we very much take for granted.

    Sound of Metal is an immersive journey from a life-changing setback to its aftermath and adjustment. It's a lesson of how initial desperation can set in and that, once set, you go on.

    Riz Ahmed perfectly…