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  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi

    ★★★★★

    Going through a season where I rewatch a lot of my favorite films. This stands alone as one of the most spellbinding depictions of humanity in all its transgressions, marvels, and deep mysteries.
    As if looking down from the heavens on such intricate creations each with their own unique destiny and desires. Philip Glass delivers my absolute all time favorite score that captures how truly haunting, chaotic and beautiful it is to be on this earth. This always spirals me into…

  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★½

    My favorite film from the French New Wave. I’ve experienced a lot of mental and physical tribulations throughout my life that I mostly keep private and this completely resonates with me on such a deep personal level. Such a beautiful and also devastating depiction of human faults and subsequent resilience. Being a part of a bustling city with all its opportunity and allure while also being paralyzed by that knot in the stomach of inevitable dread. A tender crisis of…

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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    One of the greatest non horror-horror films of all time. Mitchum assumes the role of pious humanity to a staggering degree , a wolf in sheep’s clothing disguising nefarious intents. Stylistically influenced by German Expressionism this relays tension, dread and rugged beauty simultaneously and pitch perfectly. A Southern Gothic tale that shines its light through pitch black on innocence and those who wish to steal it. This was Laughton’s first and only film which was received with heavy negative criticism. It’s a damn shame because this is one of the towering achievements of American cinema.

  • Band of Outsiders

    Band of Outsiders

    ★★★

    Godard can be hit or miss for me and this falls somewhere down the middle. A sort of deconstruction of the gangster film that is oddly playful while still looking to pack a punch. There’s an understated lust for violence that morphs from emulation to reality. This doesn’t get as bogged down with academic/poetic musings as some of Godard’s other films, as this is more genre friendly, yet for a good half still feels rather aimless. Anna Karina is the…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    Some over exposition/heavy telegraphing aside...I love Alex Garland’s approach to sci-fi. I love killer directorial debuts. I love nature juxtaposed with technology. I love Sinoya Mizuno. I love anamorphic lenses. I love ambient space. I love Oscar Isaac being a total dick. This has been my go to comfort film since 2015.

  • The Godfather: Part II

    The Godfather: Part II

    ★★★

    Honestly I was somewhat underwhelmed by this and I know there’s a large camp that professes this superior or better than the first. I find the first Godfather to be more atmospheric, better paced, and the performances even more remarkable. Also the ending is far more memorable and dynamic. This spends more of its time focused on the political side of organized crime and the business type meetings behind closed doors.
    The dialogue can tend to feel more like a…