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  • Taking Off
  • The Ascent
  • Into the Inferno
  • Joint Security Area

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

  • Blue Collar

    ★★★★★

  • Fire of Love

    ★★★★★

  • Karen Dalton: In My Own Time

    ★★★★

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

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

    Wow, this surpised me in several ways. For a shoestring budget film made outside of the studio system it had surprisingly good actors, sound design and cinematography. It's a film from 1968 where the only black character is the lead, and not only that, he's by far the most level-headed and decisive character in the movie.
    But what surprised me most was how genuinely unsettling it was. Those shots of the ghouls feasting on raw organs, and little Karen stabbing…

  • Blue Collar

    Blue Collar

    ★★★★★

    Damn, this was fantastic. Definitely need to dive into more of Yaphet Kotto's movies on Criterion Channel, he is a force of nature. A terrific message about labor and union corruption. The trio are all proud union men who have done their time on the picket line, but they also know their union is corrupt, and doesn't give them the support they deserve. So why not steal from them if they're gonna make it so easy? But, of course, nothing goes to plan. I liked the unresolved ending, no need for a court-room resolution, make it clear who's right and who's wrong and wrap it up.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Man. Born of violence, fear, competition, and divine inspiration. By the turn of the millenia they have achieved the ability to go beyond the small planet that nurtured them, and in exploring their own celestial satellite, they find something they never expected: proof of intelligent life. Not just intelligent life, but life that is undoubtedly more intelligent than themselves. This frightens their leaders, frightens them enough to conceal this secret from everybody. The public, the other nations, even the astronauts…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "That ain't no way to treat your wife, buddy. I don't care what she's done."

    "Have you ever done this before?"
    "I don't know. Have you?"

    "Silencio."

    It feels silly to say something like "Lynch's masterpiece" because he has so many masterpieces. But this is the one I'd start people on to get into his style. Harring is devastating and hypnotic, and Watts has such a compelling naivete and vulnerability. They both should have won Oscars.