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  • Drive My Car
  • Mulholland Drive
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  • I Want to See Only You

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  • Saw

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  • In the Mouth of Madness

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  • Saw

    Saw

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    contrived, utterly ridiculous, sometimes embarrassing (especially the "acting" from the two leads), thriller elements feel soapy rather than thrilling, and it's unintentionally funny at times (the black and white freeze frame on suffering danny glover's face gets me everytime).

    but, "saw" is also enthusiastic and creative the way movies made by fresh-from-film school filmbros often are: there's a "cool" high-concept idea wrapped in a "cool" aesthetic, filled with "cool" shots, "cool" cam movements and it ends with a "sick" twist…

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

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    as pulpy and unsettling as some of stephen king's bachman works (like "the regulators"), and has some of carpenter's most striking and creative filmmaking stuff. never really reaches the uncomfortable, suffocating atmosphere achieved by some of its more obvious inspirations ("at the mountain of madness", "the king in yellow"), but still gets under your skin. this watch creeped me out more, actually, than my first watch (which was years ago). somehow, the whole lore behind the movie's "unknowable creatures" just disturbed me more.

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  • JJ+E

    JJ+E

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    This film seems so busy building an "aesthetic". So busy, in fact, that it forgets to contain any semblance of actual emotion within it, which is a problem, because its story is defined by troubled teenage emotions. It just feels like the film is emoting, if you get me. There's no weight.

    Also, the film doesn't have a very good pace. The progression of relationships, the progression of conflicts, the social issues that it tries to tackle, the final act…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

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    Those three hours felt like a trip, and now that I want to write a very technical review, I can't. I just feel like Hamaguchi brought a scalpel and gently split me in half, and now I feel like I'm reeling, but calmly and silently, if that even makes sense. I have no ability right now to pinpoint what it was with the movie that made me feel this way. All I can tell people is how I felt at every single sequence, and the fact that I am feeling feelings right now. I don't know. Really great movie.