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  • Barbarian

    ★★★★

  • Beetlejuice

    ★★★½

  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★½

  • To Singapore, with Love

    ★★★★½

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  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★★

    Shattering.

    Easily one of the most singular, profound and artistically accomplished films of all time.

    Scorsese's direction is legendary here. Urgent, raw and viscerally sincere- a crashing tidal-wave of ferocious empathic energy churns a primordial cauldron of primeval catholic spiritualism charged with guilt as heavy as tectonic plates. Save for literally two cuts I personally disliked, everything on a technical and craft level is of an almost completely unparalleled sort. Effortlessly evoking the aesthetic and sounds of the periods the…

  • Road to Damascus

    Road to Damascus

    As the Writer and Producer I feel I shouldn't score the film. But I am exceptionally proud of everyone who worked on this project.

    We didn't have anywhere near enough money (about $20k) and it being many of the cast and crew's first feature film there are inevitably things I wish I could do over or differently. But I don't think any of that diminishes any of the hard work litteraly everyone POURED into this movie. Maybe someday I'll tell…

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  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★★

    A slam dunk!

    "Barbarian" announces the arrival of a startling new directorial talent and manages to stand out as a bold and genuinely frightening experience even in a year crowded with original horror films.

    Minor technical issues are my only real criticisms. The filmmakers' preference for ultra-wide lenses sometimes produces images that are messy or unclear in scenes where I am not sure that was the intended effect.

    Go in as cold as possible. All you need to know is that it's scary as hell. Genuinely wish I could had seen this in a theater.

  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    ★★★½

    A zany, gothic roller-coaster. Raucous, anarchic and absolutely bananas.

    What starts as a charming, if very weird, fish out of water story quickly unravels into an ever accelerating decent into complete and total chaos. Michael Keaton is completely unhinged here, though I was pleasantly surprised by the film's restraint, withholding the reveal of the titular antagonist for longer than I expected. Instead, he skitters around the edges of the narrative before finally bursting onto the scene like a grease stained…

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Very good. But also very frustrating.

    In a lot of incidental and unimportant ways this is basically the film I wrote and produced- except good. That and the hero here is lookIng for a truffle pig and not his trans roommate.

    Sigh...

    Really there are a lot of differences and Pig is a bigger and richer film than anything I could have ever conceived of. The film has a lot of really interesting things to say about pacificism, food, environmental…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★

    Flat, uninvolving, dull and laborious.
    Dense with lore, world building and spectacle but light on story, character and impact.
    Exceptional effects work and solid performances struggle to bring weight to what is ostensibly a first-half of a grander narrative. Yet I am uninterested in where that leads.

    Dune as Novel, as text, as an art Object is a remarkable accomplishment of imagination and a stunning interweaving of historical and anthropological knowledge within a sci-fi context- a work of such total,…