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  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Being There

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  • The Mother and the Whore

    ★★★

  • Malignant

    ★★★½

  • Flee

    ★★★★½

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★½

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  • Ishtar

    Ishtar

    Talkhouse was kind enough to let me share my thoughts on Ishtar and the punk Elaine May! 🤟🏻 💘 🤟🏻

    Fellow Letterbox-heads, check out the piece and, whatever you do...do not watch Ishtar!

    Long live Elaine May!

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    Da 5 Bloods is a genre-bending, psychedelic exploration of the living casualties of war. In Lee's masterful strokes, he doesn't shy from filling his frames with annotations to the war genre, from Fuller to Coppola to Huston. Think Apocalypse Later.

    If I had to describe it to someone, it's like The Act of Killing meets The Treasure of Sierra Madre meets Last Flag Flying. Yes, that's a wide net of references - and some admonish Lee for even attempting the…

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  • The Mother and the Whore

    The Mother and the Whore

    ★★★

    I'm torn by this picture. As a kind of confrontational love triangle and ethnography of the Marxist intellectuals in France, it's a unique depiction. It rejects French Romanticism in lieu of a secular hedonistic nihilism. Alexandre is a great prototype for every narcissist protagonist deployed in American mumblecore. Perhaps he's the most concentrated form in his unforgivable monologues and un-redeeming qualities. That being said, being subject to his character for 3+ hours becomes trying and he teeters into caricature by…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★½

    So I wanted to wait a bit before reviewing this because I always like to see how it simmered in my little head. And I gotta say, Wright’s Soho did grow on me a bit since my initial view, partly because of his absolute undeniable ability to world build. I found myself walking through the universe of this film and wanting to return to it. It’s just too bad that I don’t want to return to the story or characters…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★½

    Remember growing up, the kid in the class who was the loudest, the one that would remind you that he was listening to “Loft Music” before House of Balloons even dropped, the one that liked Adam Sandler ironically, the one that came into class with the Air Jordans XX2s that their dad bought them but boasted how “he stole them from the back of a truck”?

    Uncut Gems is kind of like that kid. Its relentlessness makes sure you know just…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    Oh, this is one of those "the more you watch it, the more disturbing layers reveal themselves" films...

    Watched it with mum this time around who asked me about my knowledge of James Stacy. Conversation went something like..

    "Mark, why'd you think Tarantino put that close-up of James Stacy riding his Motorcycle off the lot?"

    "I don't know, aesthetic flare, trivial insert Tarantino style?"

    "Well, didn't a drunk driver hit James Stacey on his motorcycle, killing his girlfriend?"

    Ahhh, a…