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  • Stalker
  • Chinatown
  • Harakiri
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

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  • Apocalypto

    ★★★½

  • Kingdom of Heaven

    ★★½

  • I Live in Fear

    ★★½

  • The Virgin Spring

    ★★★★½

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  • Apocalypto

    Apocalypto

    ★★★½

    After a rough start that feels more in line with National Lampoon’s Mayan Vacation, Mel Gibson’s dubiously-historical chase thriller kicks into gear as a fairly unique take on the action genre. The location filmmaking, historical setting, and fully subtitled dialogue make the film stand apart from its peers, and its simple theme of internal corruption and environmental destruction lend a solid backbone to a fairly lean movie.

    Sketchy historical accuracy aside, the best sequence in the film is when the…

  • Kingdom of Heaven

    Kingdom of Heaven

    ★★½

    I finally watched the director’s cut of this and, despite all I’ve heard to the contrary, I didn’t find it appreciably better than my memory of the theatrical version. Looking over the changes it’s clear it is quite different and a notable improvement, but the end result is still no underrated masterpiece unfortunately. I love the scale of the movie and there are some beautiful images, but it’s ultimately still a pretty crummy script that makes almost no attempt to…

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  • A Christmas Story Live!

    A Christmas Story Live!

    ½

    “Hey what if we turned A Christmas Story into an extended Old Navy commercial? Like really *really* extended.”

    K.

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    31 Days of Horror #19

    This was extremely my shit, which is why it bugs me a little that the narrative structure of the thing was a bit of a let down amidst all the absolutely amazing cinematography, sound design, and bits of sea-faring dialogue (including a monumental Melvillian monologue precipitated by an insult to one’s cooking skills). The rub is that the movie is about two men going mad together, but they both start out at like an 8…