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  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Insider
  • Wendy and Lucy
  • The Master

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  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★★½

  • Manhunter

    ★★★★½

  • Before Sunrise

    ★★★½

  • The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★½

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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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  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★½

    “Just you and me now, sport.”

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★½

    “So much of life is a mystery, my boy.”

    Every bit as sweeping, elegiac, lush, and deeply felt as any of the other great epics of American cinema, if not more so. A timeless classic which feels miraculously out-of-step with the bounds under which it was made. Taking us on a stirring, spiritual odyssey through the ghostly apparitions of the past, deep into the heart of the unknown. Paths uncrossed and stories not yet transcribed. A mesmerizing evocation of the…

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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

    ★★★★★

    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…