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  • Breaking the Waves
  • Blue Velvet
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Citizen Kane

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  • Dune

    ★★½

  • Star Wars

    ★★★★½

  • Octopussy

    ★½

  • For Your Eyes Only

    ★★★½

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    George A. Romero's masterpiece. A subversive anti-capitalist manifesto, spot-on indictment of consumerist culture and desensitization, and an exploration of the social construct vs. human nature debate, masquerading as a nail-biting zombie apocalypse thriller with some of the greatest gore effects of all time, Dawn Of The Dead is not just one of the best horror films ever made, but also one of the greatest artistic statements from a filmmaker at the top of his game.

    I'll break all that down…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

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

    I award a lot of films five stars, because my criteria is based on relative perfection attained with respect to what the filmmakers are attempting to convey. In other words, any film has the ability to be awarded five stars; no film is denied the potential solely based on subject matter. But when I look back at my time spent in a darkened theatre I honestly can count the number of transcendent film experiences I’ve had on one hand, maybe…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    Technically a better made film than Lynch's, but that's the extent of the praise I'm willing to give. I find that as the days since watching it turn into weeks, I continually reflect on characters as they appear in Lynch's catastrophic version, and barely any of this lingers beyond a mere trace of its endlessly oppressive, suffocating atmospherics, and I can only see myself reappraising the former at some point, with much kinder and accommodating eyes. Who on Earth prefers…

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★½

    The power of Star Wars never diminishes. Nearly a half century on, its timelessness is without question. Its story elements hearken to the very bedrock of storytelling, its characters, and the actors who embody them, as iconic as cinema can get, its score one of the greatest of all time, woven into the hearts and minds of generation after generation, with no signs of slowing down, its influence recognizable in descendents the world over, and it boasts an entertainment value…

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  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★★★

    You can tell after the first ten minutes of watching Clouds Of Sils Maria that it is not a Hollywood production; one, because Juliette Binoche's character Maria is still alive, and two, because Kristen Stewart is actually allowed to act, and she's pretty great at it by the way.

    In yet another year of middling roles for women, Sils Maria is a dream come true. Masterfully directed by Olivier Assayas, the film centers on an aging actress preparing to play…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★½

    It's only been four days and I'm already tired of arguing with people about Guardians Of The Galaxy. So I say fuck this movie right in its 92% Rotten Tomatoes-approved-fresh ass. Sorry, does that offend you? Here you go, here's the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack to listen to while you read the rest of the review; apparently that can make everything better.

    People like to criticize Hollywood for making the same movie over and over again. Apparently some of those same…