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  • Videodrome
  • Safe
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • A Shot in the Dark

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  • Cliffhanger

    ★★★½

  • Fargo

    ★★★★★

  • The Master

    ★★★★★

  • White Sands

    ★★★

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  • Born to Win

    Born to Win

    ★★★

    More credible than I was anticipating, and Segal up to the challenge of this part in ways I could not picture when I was reading the description on the Criterion Channel.

    The structure is very odd, lurching from one episodic rise-and-fall arc to the next, but it uses its NYC locations expertly. Karen Black is an early manic pixie dream girl, but her performance gives the character some life and interiority.

    Passer kind of just throws you into this guy's…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    A truly special film, from the twin goodbyes between Reuben and Lou—one visceral and heart-ripping and immediate, and the second mournful and necessary and aching—to the absolutely authentic creation of the band and their sound. All of it.

    I just sat here and cried my ass off at the final silence sequence, again.

    How can anything be as good as Riz Ahmed in this movie? What a gift this film is; every aesthetic decision made perfectly and with such grace.

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★½

    Stunned at how bad this was and how much time was spent litigating why Baby has earbuds in his ears and "wutzzee lissenin to?!" over and over and over and over WHY ARE WE NOT IN A FUCKING CAR HAVING A CAR CHASE.

    This was a *bad* movie. Bad.

    The characters were non-existent, and not in the way that an action movie will give blank slates to project onto, or simply rely on a classic "type" and the audience fills…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Wealthy men controlling women's bodies and fostering inhumane living conditions vis a vis some glib performative religion predicated on control from a grotesque, awful, messianic fascist with a profoundly dumb and conniving coterie of heirs; the disruption of which causing retribution and pursuit from the oil and gun lobbies. Proud war boys running around keeping it all in line while the poor and indigent have been made incapable of seeing themselves being held down, regarding perfunctory doling out of basic rights as heroic acts of grace.

    This movie came out in 2015.