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  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★½

    "A half finished book is, after all, a half-finished love affair." - Robert Frobisher

    Cloud Atlas is itself a half-finished love affair - to life, love, birth, death, the soul. It does not neatly come together, nor does it contain any true, solid arcs of story. Piecemeal, it is strung together, just like this existence of ours, and it is only half-finished until it is eclipsed by its ending, death.
    All these stories come and go, intertwined, ever-connected by the…

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  • Corpse Bride

    Corpse Bride

    ★★★½

    I didn't give this much thought back in 2005, especially since it was Tim Burton's return to stop-motion animation and the returns seemed diminishing compared to The Nightmare before Christmas (being attributed to him despite not not directing it). But this darkly humorous little fairy tale has aged well upon review and re-watch. The story is simple, but the visuals do the work, and the color palettes of the two worlds is extraordinary giving us enough visuals cues alone. It's a beautiful, if slight, off-center ghost love story that has gotten better since it was first released.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

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

    Hot take: Toni Collette cutting her head off at the end there probably kept her from getting that Oscar nom 🤷🏼‍♂️

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  • Russian Ark

    Russian Ark

    ★★★★½

    Its technical achievement is stupendous: 95 minutes, one shot. What it manages to say in that 95 minutes may be even greater as it manages to capture the ideas of life, existence, art, death, history being in the past, moving on, moving forward all within its images, camera movements, and dialogue between our unshown narrator and the man in black guide. It's a extraordinary film, one that deserves to rank amongst the greatest in cinema for its technical mastery which matches its grandiose representation of ideas. This is what great film/art is about.

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all I am a man, a hopelessly inquisitive man just like you." – Lancaster Dodd


    Much like his character Mr. Dodd, Paul Thomas Anderson seems to be hopelessly inquisitive, and thus a confounding, enigmatic auteur and artist… which makes it hard to believe he is a big name Hollywood director. Take away Terrence Malick, and he’s probably the closest director Hollywood has that has not…