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  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai

    How can I begin to approach reviewing one of the greatest cinematic experiences of all time? A film whose greatness has been discussed to death? Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece transcends being a great action film, standing among the greatest feats of storytelling. Everything in Seven Samurai is perfect and remains as compelling today as it was in 1954, but why? Of course, the film is crafted perfectly, with a nuanced script, expert direction and editing, and performances that are beyond compare.…

  • Dekalog

    Dekalog

    ★★★★★

    The power of The Dekalog is hard to capture with mere words. It is a film of contradictions and of the natural complications and ambiguity that makes life so frustrating yet so beautiful at the same time. The film's scope involves the grandest of questions, yet explores those ideas through the most small-scale, intimate scenarios. There are not philosophic monologues exploring the profundity of the scenarios (this is not a Bergman film, whose approach to philosophy in film is great…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    We begin with a world at its fracturing moment: Superman’s death scream. In slow motion, we pan over the pained reactions of all nearby. Wonder Woman’s shock. Batman’s awe. Lois Lane’s grief. Then the scale of the scene expands, showing his reverberating death cry echoing across the entire universe. It awakens ancient, long-dormant powers with one message: the entire universe knows that Earth’s foremost defender has fallen. Such are the mythic beginnings of Zack Snyder’s Justice League. It is imminently…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    Ken Russell’s 1971 controversial religious horror The Devils has a reputation as one of the most provocative films of all time for its subversion of religious symbolism and imagery for horrific and sexual purposes. That reputation is undoubtedly accurate. The film was banned in multiple countries and heavily censored in most others (including in the United States, where a staggering 11 minutes were exorcised from the movie even to get an X rating) and heavily criticized by the Catholic Church.…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

    The genius of Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is how the true horror in this slice of macabre Americana is how grounded and close to our every day reality true evil is. How easy it is to cross the line from harmlessly eccentric hitchhiker to menacing lunatic. How just a few small changes can change a normal Texas farmhouse to the stuff of nightmares. This film is truly nightmarish and disturbing, and the chief reason why it has maintained…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    I’m making my way through Park Chan-Wook’s filmography and it came time to rewatch Oldboy. It has developed a bit of a reputation over the years as a sort of “baby’s first foreign film” (a role that it serves for me during the phase when I was beginning to expand my film taste beyond blockbusters), gaining the same sort of negative reputation as Fight Club or Quentin Tarantino films. The kind of film that overpopulated online best-of lists and forum…