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  • The Tree of Life
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • La Haine

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  • Pig

    ★★★★½

  • Blow Out

    ★★★★½

  • Metropolis

    ★★★★★

  • The Public Enemy

    ★★★★

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    I went into this with extremely off base expectations. What I ended up seeing was an incredible meditation on our relationship with food, and how it’s connected to those we cherish. Cage was in top form, as he has been in the past five or so years. The Oregon wilderness is showcased in all of its beauty, and even Portland looks lovely here. This is a slow film, and the ending hit like a train. This will 100% make the short list for this year’s best. 

    4.5/5

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    When I couldn’t pick something off the shelf to watch, I decided to finally check out Criterion Channel’s neo-noir collection that they’re currently running. I decided to watch Blow Out, as it was both a new film, and would be the first De Palma I’ve seen. I knew absolutely nothing, and am glad I approached it that way. 

    John Travolta is Jack, a sound engineer for a small budget film studio that focuses on cheesy slasher films. While recording sounds…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Robert Eggers has struck gold twice this decade. Rather than falling into the traps of so many contemporary horror/thriller elements, Eggers draws on the past while crafting something so unique. The Witch was a wonderful first outing, but Eggers SHINES with his second outing. Drawing influence from the psychological/psychosexual elements of Bergman’s Persona, the cabin fever chaos of Kubrick’s The Shining, and the legends of the sea, there are obviously homages, but that doesn’t detract from the film. 

    Willem Defoe…

  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    ★★★★★

    Having watched the most complete version of Metropolis that exists within the last couple months, it felt necessary to watch the Giorgio Moroder version. Clocking in at over an hour shorter, and sporting a completely redone soundtrack featuring Freddy Mercury and Pat Benatar, this is an oddity that needs to be seen. Given that it’s under 90 minutes, there’s no reason to not give this a chance — have a little fun. It’s no comparison to the full film, but it’s interesting enough to give it a go. 

    The link to my review for the full version of the film: Metropolis

    Watched on Kino Lorber bluray