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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

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

    "If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

    There is a painful relatability to The Master. It challenges us to process our innermost doubts and regrets: the hazy uncertainty of our past and present, along with the overwhelming emptiness of our future. We have each faced our share of trials and tribulations in life,…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    "What's gotten into you, Baxter?"
    "Just following doctor's orders. I've decided to become a 'mensch'. You know what that means? A human being."

    You ever have that moment where the right film comes along at the right time? I have no words..... except to say that this destroyed me as few movies ever have. In a word: perfection.

    Note: After some time I can safely say that this movie was genuinely life-changing for me and may very well have actually saved…

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  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    ★★★★½

    A dream movie beamed in from another dimension. The film Hitchcock desperately wishes he could make (this is like Frenzy on crack). A creepy, psychosexual, traumatic, mesmerizing, witty, kinky, trashy thriller that made my head spin more times than I can count. I’ve really enjoyed the other De Palma movies I’ve seen but this is truly something else. This showed a level of formal mastery and keen awareness of the audience that I’ve rarely seen before in movies. Dressed to Kill is…

  • Julien Donkey-Boy

    Julien Donkey-Boy

    ★★★★

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

    Why are some people born strong and able-bodied, free to move with control and grace, dancing and gliding through life, while others are not? How does God choose?

    The phone call with Julien’s “mother” is where this really clicked with me. It never ceases to amaze me how every Korine film feels like nonsense initially until patterns suddenly begin to emerge, and earlier scenes begin to take on a new meaning. Everything comes together so clearly in ways that it…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "It'll be just like in the movies. We'll pretend to be someone else."

    What can really be said here? What can be said about this film that hasn't been repeated a billion times already on this site and elsewhere? I'm not sure, but I'm going to try my best to explain what this film means to me and the power that I feel it possesses.

    Mulholland Drive, simply put, is unforgettable. There are occasionally times throughout the film where, as…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★½

    I don't say this lightly: this may be the scariest film ever made.

    One of my biggest pet peeves since I started getting into movies around 5 years ago was hearing that damn word over and over again: terrifying.

    “He gives a terrifying performance.”
    “What a terrifying villain!”
    “Did you see that part when that thing happened? Wow! That was terrifying!”

    This word is tossed around so often, used so overdramtically to describe anything the least bit uncomfortable or tense, that…