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  • Le Samouraï
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Favourite
  • Brokeback Mountain

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  • Alien³

    ★★★½

  • Alien³

    ★★★

  • Predator 2

    ★★

  • Predator

    ★★★★½

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★★

    "A surgeon never kills a patient. An anaesthesiologist can kill a patient, but a surgeon never can."

    "You know, an anaesthesiologist is never to blame for the bad outcome of an operation. The surgeon is always responsible."

    What a difference perspective can make, huh?

    Yorgos Lanthimos has first come to wide-spread attention with the harrowingly apathetic Dogtooth, later with the curious and attention-grabbing premise of The Lobster. While I still count The Favourite as my own favorite of his works…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    I cannot believe how it is possible that I have never seen this film in my life. I have logged almost 4,000 films on Letterboxd, almost 90 percent of which are feature films, and yet I chose never to make Princess Mononoke one of those 4,000 films for some stupid reason that I cannot even properly explain.

    It is rare that I give a full five-star rating on a first-time watch – granted, I did it two days in a…

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  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★½

    So, I actually watched this film twice in the course of a couple of hours. The simple reason being that once I reached the ending of the theatrical version that I was watching, I suddenly remembered that an assembly cut also exists, and given how everything in the theatrical cut seems like it was just a few steps away from excellence, I felt like the film deserved the chance of being checked out in a more elaborate form that is…

  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★★½

    The one thing that Predator achieves almost effortlessly is to deliver what it promises to deliver. This film about a military group venturing into the Central American jungle where they are hunted by an intelligent alien creature refuses to make compromises, narrowing its story line down to a strictly coordinated exploration of its simplistic premise without any diversions or unnecessary subplots.

    Its straightforwardness ensures that Predator wastes no second with its brisk pacing and the relentless action: even though it…

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  • Aliens

    Aliens

    ★★★★★

    Even though it is a tight race, I prefer the constant stream of non-stop tension and suspense, the ever-present sense of dread of the enemy lurking around the corner of Aliens, to the enigmatic presentation of the alien creature in the shadows of its predecessor, Alien. But it doesn't matter; both are outstanding films that bring the fear of the unknown to perfection.

    As all sequels should, Aliens takes the mysteries and broached threads of the first movie and expands…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    "An animal caught in a trap will gnaw off its own leg to escape. What will you do?"

    So, Dune. Easily the most highly anticipated movie of the year for many, which is inevitably going to lead to some reactions of disappointment. In my book, Denis Villeneuve transcends all my high hopes with his visually striking adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic novel.

    To get it out of the way first, the major criticism of Dune so far seems to be…