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  • The Master
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • The Tree of Life

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★★½

  • Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

  • Son of Saul

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Like his characters, Paul Thomas Anderson has been pursuing a sense of unfiltered love in his films since his career began. Entering Hollywood in the late 90s, Anderson established himself as the generation’s new hotshot male “auteur” alongside Tarantino with the success of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, two ensemble pieces that blend Robert Altman and Scorsese to create maximalist webs of personal tragedies with various characters. It’s hard not to think of Boogie Night’s young Dirk Diggler as a stand-in…

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  • Drive-Away Dolls

    Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★★½

    I understand the temptation to think this is a minor Coen film that doesn’t quite know what it’s aiming for but once I settled into its very specific rhythms I completely adored it. Drive-Away is a strange film from a Certified American Auteur because it’s at once very Coen-esque while also aiming for a certain 90s B-movie charm, that I think it has in spades. Qualley is so so good here and it does the Y2K period justice with the…

  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

    Can’t do justice to this at the moment but needless to say it’s one of the Great films ever made

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  • The Killer

    The Killer

    I talked to David Fincher after a Q&A and he gave me a pat on the back as I left. Movie was great too

  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

    To label this film as one concerned with “the banality of evil” misses how Glazer is constantly shifting his central concept. The Zone of Interest is at all times is manipulating the audience’s gaze through Lukas Zal’s cinematography and Johnnie Burns’ sound design, both weaponized to center the Nazi family at the expense of the people on the other side of the wall. Unlike Killers of the Flower Moon, this is not a film about the cognitive dissonance that allows…