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  • Goodbye to Language
  • Dog Star Man
  • Too Old to Die Young

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  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★★

  • The Apartment

    ★★★★★

  • Children of Men

    ★★★★½

  • The Castle

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  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★★

    Just as extraordinary the second time around. In fact possibly more so as you know to expect just how immense it is and you can take your time with the details, the little jokes, the easter eggs, the wonderful acting and soundtrack. Possibly my favorite movie ever, at least right now where it so perfectly encapsulates how I feel about life. It cut so deeply at points that I wasn't sure whether to laugh profusely or to explode into vicious…

  • The Turin Horse

    The Turin Horse

    ★★★★★

    It is rare and exhilarating to have a movie force you to take it in on its terms, with a complete disregard for your aesthetic preconceptions. Instead of pandering to expectations, the directorial choices in The Turin Horse frustrates them in an effort to produce a very specific emotion: angst.

    The formal elements clearly testify to a master at work. The cinematography is austere and awesome (in the traditional sense of the word). The score is ominous and droning, clearly…

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  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★★

    Is this not just a color, more modern version of The Exterminating Angel? Not sure this worked for me as well as it does others. The cinematography, set design and colors are great. But nothing particularly interesting is being said here. Is it the excess and simply the excess that draws people to this film over Buñuel’s? If so I understand. But Weekend by Godard is the infinitely better film.

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★½

    A bunch of nihilistic banalities. Superbly shot, truly top tier production design, and just generally virtuosic directing though. Still feels like a feature length video game cutscene but that’s a little chicken-and-the-egg. I think the pacing is also off, too rushed. Amazingly prescient in small ways.

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  • Ways of Seeing

    Ways of Seeing

    ★★★★★

    Manages, in two hours, to successfully, in my view, argue that oil paintings => advertisements was one long continuous evolution in capitalist expression. If that doesn’t impress you I’m not sure what would.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★

    Edit: After speaking with people in the communities concerned I have come to see some of the thematic and character development deficiencies as realistic portrayals of families with this background. It still annoyed me so much and I’d never want to rewatch it.

    A live-action Rick and Morty episode but with far less emotional development purely due to the runtime difference between a movie and a tv show.

    It brings me no pleasure to feel disappointed in this movie. One…