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  • The Long Goodbye
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Near Dark
  • Chungking Express

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  • Santa's Summer House

    ½

  • Paris, Texas

    ★★★½

  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    ★★★½

  • Spirited Away

    ★★★★½

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  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★★★★

    Perfect dream logic movie that has no right to exist or be this good. Pretty much everything that tried to imitate this vibe in the 2000s was too saccharine and twee but here you get real scumbag John Cusack, the master Cameron Diaz, an insanely sexy and cool Catherine Keener, and of course, Johnny himself in a role he by all accounts should never have taken on but works so beautifully in. Bursting with ideas and incredibly funny.

  • Parents

    Parents

    ★★★★½

    "Well mister, you scare me too. You don't look like me, you don't act like me — you hate me. Well you know what? I'm not so crazy about you either."

    Expected this to be a schlocky 50s comedy horror thing and like, it is funny but it's also incredibly scary. Perfectly captures the experience of being a child with no understanding of or defense against the adult world — Balaban's direction here is incredible, with low angles and some…

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  • Santa's Summer House

    Santa's Summer House

    ½

    I want a movie where every film set in the house from A Talking Cat comes together for one huge party

  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★½

    That first part in the desert hits so hard with these beautiful shots and Harry Dean Stanton acting his face off without saying a word and then it veers into weird sentimental territory about the family and kind of becomes a totally different movie. Full disclosure I had to sit in the second row of the theater so my neck a lot hurt by then.

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  • Belle

    Belle

    ★★★½

    They really put a doxxing gun in the movie

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★★

    Things this movie invented:

    -Being a horny broad
    -Paypigs
    -Calling a doofy guy "daddy"
    -Being gay
    -Dressing up as your best friend to confound the French judiciary system