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  • Manhattan
  • Meek's Cutoff
  • Nashville
  • Toni Erdmann

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  • Alien

    ★★★★½

  • Remember the Night

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★½

  • Paranoid Park

    ★★★★

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    shit bag

  • Red Beard

    Red Beard

    ★★★★½

    Visionary auteur and famed perfectionist, a director of integrity and consistency, a humanist whose eyes loomed over what were the inclinations of a cruel existence, a screenwriter whose characters embodied compassion, patience, and harmony: Akira Kurosawa. His name has an air of ubiquity. An intimidating legend whose esteem heaps and heaps not only due to the grandeur and scope of his work but more so his phantom touch that permeates the current and past landscape of film. As his fame…

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  • Remember the Night

    Remember the Night

    ★★★★

    Yes, I think I will.

    With these rewatches, it seems apparent that the person I disagree with the most is myself.

    Sexist and racist cultural remnants aside, Remember The Night has a tear-jerking, progressive theme: people can do bad things, but they aren't bad & kindness goes a long way.

    My favorite thing about Preston Sturges is that he loves to toy with convention. Here, he's taking the hero's sacrifice—a la Red Dust—and using that on a woman, all while stripping…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★½

    As someone who hasn't read the book yet, I don't think this works as a film.

    Dune feels like it needed a 30-minute prelude or more conscious world-building before the plot kicked in—which, I acknowledge, is crazy to say about half of a movie. I felt so lost, and not in the "wow, this is complex and interesting" way. The film is straight forward, directed in Villeneuve's best impression of pre-Inception Nolan ("spectacle > character"), but I had a hard time…

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  • Glass Onion

    Glass Onion

    ★½

    Cinema is so dead.

    Who edited this?

    Who wrote this trash?

    Genuinely, what the fuck?

    Is this the same man who delivered us Knives Out?

    WHAT IS THIS THING???

  • Oppenheimer

    Oppenheimer

    ★★

    That's right, I said "more cuts." Oh yes, add some spinning shots too! That'll save my dogshit dialogue, which I have written so that every line could be used in promotional material.

    WAIT! We ran out of things to cut to, because I frankly don't give a shit about making these characters more than direct vehicles to serve my straight forward narrative about "everyone's got a plan until they get hit." This Oppenheimer guy I wrote is really just sexy,…