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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    Few films will make take up this much real estate between your ears for as long. You’ll be asking questions long after and contemplating Ruben’s fate following this film. It takes you into a community you might not have thought about and helps you to understand them in a way you never thought possible. 

    It’s a fantastic film that at least deserved its best picture nomination.

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Multiple Maniacs

    ★★★½

    This is a hard film to nail down. Plot-wise, it’s a bit of a mess. I doubt that’s what Waters was aiming for, but you get a motley group of characters led by the ever-entertaining Divine (who certainly steals this one).

    This film would push boundaries and sensitivities today, to say nothing about 1970. Waters shoots for Pluto when it continue to crossing every line he can, and that’s about where you get to the film’s raisón d’être. I certainly don’t recommend it to the pearl-clutching crowd, but it’s a great experiment in free speech and underground filmmaking.

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  • Fantastic Planet

    Fantastic Planet

    ★★★★

    It’s weird, it’s trippy, and it’s unabashedly French. It’s an overlooked gem with stunning imagination and imagery. The soundtrack was funky and brilliant, as well.

  • Through a Glass Darkly

    Through a Glass Darkly

    ★★★★½

    I’ve seen few films that could portray mental illness in a dignified manner, but this one is it. It’s the anti-Joker. Bergman dives into questions about faith and loss, but I’m haunted by Karin’s descent into the depths of her illness while the tragedy plays in front of those who love her. It’s almost tragic that a film 60 years old has more to say about real illness than a movie from the 2010s.