Kyle Dick

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  • The Most Beautiful Man in the World

    ★★

  • After the Facts

  • JFK

    ★★★½

  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    ★★★★

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  • Shoah

    Shoah

    ★★★★★

    SECOND ERA

    Without admittedly having seen many films that center on the Jewish Holocaust including Night and Fog and Schindler’s List, I feel confident in saying that there is at least a strong argument for viewing no other cinematic work about the Jewish experience during this time than Shoah. No other work consistently grapples with the medium’s inability to truly convey such emotions and visualize such events. At every turn reminding us of the inherent unknowing of such trauma, and…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★½

    “Just pretend it’s a fucking video game. Act like you’re in a movie or something.”

    A toxic lullaby. Pop art. Disney Channel shotgun ballerinas cocked and ready to explode. MTV nursery rhymes and pixelated dreams. Moving as one organism until it becomes religious - a collage of writhing sweaty bodies made sacred in the light of the humid neon haze. Drenched in fluids and powders and smoke and money and frozen in time. Blood and bubbles mixing in a hellish…

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  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

    ★★★★

    Positions horror filmmaking as a sort of coping mechanism – we create our own phantoms because the real ones are too hard to bear. They remind us of our failures. Footage can be controlled, dissected, filed away, but real pain lasts forever. It sits there in plain sight – lonely, waiting for something we can no longer give. The real ghosts linger in the wallpaper long after that last ephemeral pause in the doorway; after the knob has been turned…

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    A melodramatic symphony of lights and concrete. Quite possibly the most formally expressive Hollywood film ever made. Empty telephones, barren apartments, vacant lives. Through plumes of industrial smoke and the harsh shadows of modern architecture are the apparitions of paths almost taken & lives almost lived. Fading out in the smog-stricken half-light, setting with the sun. The city of angels: ghosts with no home trapped in a metallic labyrinth. Hand in hand, drifting towards oblivion.

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

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

    "If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

    There is a painful relatability to The Master. It challenges us to process our innermost doubts and regrets: the hazy uncertainty of our past and present, along with the overwhelming emptiness of our future. We have each faced our share of trials and tribulations in life,…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    I don't say this lightly: this may be the scariest film ever made.

    One of my biggest pet peeves since I started getting into movies around 5 years ago was hearing that damn word over and over again: terrifying.

    “He gives a terrifying performance.”
    “What a terrifying villain!”
    “Did you see that part when that thing happened? Wow! That was terrifying!”

    This word is tossed around so often, used so overdramtically to describe anything the least bit uncomfortable or tense, that…