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  • The Shining

    ★★★★★

  • The Hunger

    ★★★★

  • The House of the Devil

    ★★★

  • The Hidden

    ★★★★

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    Fuck.

    Weirdly appropriate to log this movie today. A movie about sex and money and class and culture, yes, but also a narrative about a regular guy - more wealthy than average but regular nonetheless - brushing up against the membrane separating us from actual power and getting the biggest thump of his life on the way back down. Right at the final crest of his storied career, Kubrick nakedly portrays the dynamics of capital, that omnipotent gravity pulling our…

  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★★

    Instinctual horror. Real magic. Hypnotic masterpiece.

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa casts a genuine spell with Cure, a perfect confluence of subject and style, a story told in the exact way its central mystery affects its characters. Sink into the drone of the surf, the drip of the rain, the flick of the lighter, and never come back the same. And yet, this total change grows from some dark seed inside any of us; the entrancement merely brings it to the fore, leaving…

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    "I'd sell my goddamn soul for a glass of beer!"

    Impossibly perfect movie right here, a true magic act that I've known almost all my life after an accidental viewing as a young child. The nightmare grows more elegant, more resonant as the years wear on. The Shining is the kind of movie where I feel myself becoming hypnotized, my eyes boring into the screen with something more than rapt interest - it's a physical sensation, being drawn in, psychomagnetic.…

  • The Hunger

    The Hunger

    ★★★★

    It's kind of amazing to finally see Tony Scott's signature style bursting out fully formed in his debut feature, all these years after growing up on his work, revisiting and loving it even more as an adult, and mourning the loss of his still-bountiful potential when he died a decade ago. The man made banger after banger in a hybrid fashion that combined the avant edge of music videos and the sumptuous emotion of melodrama, painted across the screen to…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    "The day Oto died... She asked before I left if we could talk when I got home. Her tone was gentle but determined. I had no plans that day, but kept on driving. I couldn't go home. I thought that once I went home, we would never be the same again. I found her collapsed when I returned late at night. I called an ambulance, but she never regained consciousness. What if I'd gone home a bit earlier? I think…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    "The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."

    I wanted something to blast me into oblivion, rattle my senses until I couldn’t feel anything else and also, y’know, capture my attention as a narrative enough to really care about what’s going on and get lost in it for a couple hours. It’s been hard as fuck, every single minute and hour and day since my wife went off into the dark in an ambulance.…