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  • The Wicker Man
  • Vertigo
  • The Shining
  • Apocalypse Now

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  • Ran

    ★★★★★

  • Satantango

    ★★★★★

  • Black Widow

    ★★★

  • PlayTime

    ★★★★

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  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    Ran is Akira Kurosawa’s last great film, released when he was 75 and at a time when most people, especially in his own country, had written him off as a washed-up anachronism. Yet The Master defied expectations by producing the perfect capstone to his impeccable career — an epic meditation on a successful old man taking action to cement his legacy and spend his remaining days in tranquility, yet having his plans go to shit in spectacular fashion. There is no better telling of the King Lear story - and perhaps any other Shakespearian tragedy - than this one.

  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    The pertinent question here, of course, is this: Is Satantango worth 7.5 hours of your time? The answer, for me, is an unequivocal “yes”. No other film I have seen captures so masterfully the behavior of people who have utterly lost hope and are living in abject despair and misery. Yes, the film is bleak and requires supreme patience, but that patience is rewarded with an experience that is deeply moving and unforgettable.

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  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

    This is an annual holiday season watch for me, and once you've seen a movie 4 or 5 times, it's the little things that you start to notice. This time I noticed how stylized the murder scenes were, particularly the one with Barb (Margot Kidder). It had the brutal beauty of a giallo kill, with the quick cuts and the close ups on the glass figurines, ending with the bloody hand knocking them over. And while this mayhem is occurring,…

  • Sleep Tight

    Sleep Tight

    ★★★★

    A tight, compelling story from the director of REC that offers up suspense and uncomfortable creepiness in equal measure. Quite a stark contrast between the sadistic, demented villain and the cheerful, lovely, voluptuous victim. Every time you think this loser has reached his limits of depravity, he shows you that he can take it a little bit further.