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  • All That Jazz
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Minding the Gap
  • Michael Clayton

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  • The Killing

    ★★★★½

  • Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★

  • Killer's Kiss

    ★★★½

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  • The Killing

    The Killing

    ★★★★½

    Killer’s Kiss was a decent film noir, light on plot but heavy on gritty atmosphere and eye-catching compositions. The Killing is not only a better film noir, but Stanley Kubrick’s first capital-G Great film. It’s a shame that he didn’t make any more films in that style, but it’s clear from the craft at display that he was destined to make greater, more diverse films.

    The aspect of The Killing that sets itself apart the most from Kubrick’s two previous…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★

    I’m now two films into the filmography of Hayao Miyazaki, and it’s clear to me that he’s a fascinating filmmaker who makes challenging films. Not challenging in the sense that I’m struggling to enjoy them, but challenging in the sense that there’s a lot to absorb. He creates worlds with historical, cultural, spiritual, and mystical mythology and folklore to explore universal themes. I’m finding that his films are so dense that it’ll take more than one watch to truly understand…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    Paul Thomas Anderson hasn’t made anything quite like Licorice Pizza in his career thus far. Other films of his have had a loose structure, particularly Inherent Vice, but his latest has the aimless construction of a great hangout film. My favorite of this type of film is Dazed and Confused. While that film has a de facto lead in Randall Floyd, it spreads its focus among its entire ensemble as they interact with one another over the course of a…

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★½

    With Nope, Jordan Peele continues to show that he’s a modern master of original, smart genre filmmaking. For his third feature, he blends horror, extraterrestrial, and western influences to create his most outright fun film yet. What it lacks in outright terror, it more than makes up for in a sense of spectacle, mystery, and personal trauma.

    In front of the camera, Nope is centered around a strong trio. Daniel Kaluuya’s character is the strong, silent type, and his performance…