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  • Paris, Texas
  • Ocean's Eleven
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Brazil

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  • Death Machine

    ★★½

  • The Untouchables

    ★★★½

  • Inconceivable

  • The Trust

    ★★★½

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  • Death Machine

    Death Machine

    ★★½

    This one sorta slaps? At least it does whenever Brad Douriff is on screen, somehow making the most reprehensible imaginable person charismatic (something that Douriff is pretty good at generally, to be fair). But there's also a lot of great photography, special effects, and snotty attitude. To be honest it's probably too in love with itself most of the time, but there's enough silliness that it feels like something anyone can join on in the fun with.

    There's exactly one…

  • The Untouchables

    The Untouchables

    ★★★½

    This is such a weird format for De Palma. He's making an extremely mainstream, braindead "we gotta fight" action movie, but still bringing his intense compositions and art direction out to play.

    For me, that keeps it from being elite De Palma, but I get why for a lot of folks that makes it his most accessible and easiest to appreciate. Kevin Costner wouldn't make any sense as the lead in most of the director's films, but for this one…

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  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

    This feels like the major turning point in PTA's filmography, one where he's still holding onto a lot of pieces he loves (big ensembles, weird visual flourishes, the Valley), but has made something that feels totally new and of its own piece within his work.

    The aesthetic in this movie is absolutely fucking insane, a gorgeous mish mash of color, shadow and haze that takes this movie in a direction that almost feels like magical realism - and I'm not…

  • Citizenfour

    Citizenfour

    ★★★★

    What's great about Citizenfour is that it forgoes telling a story, and instead is completely comfortable with and devoted to telling an experience - a very strange and surreally calm experience - of doing something that led a young man to become the primary ire and target of the CIA. All the while Snowden just sits on a hotel bed and explains computers.