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  • Licorice Pizza
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
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  • La Strada

    ★★★★½

  • Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★

  • Belle

    ★★★★

  • Scream

    ★★★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

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

    I'm not going to forget you. Just like you're not going to forget me.

    One of the most striking things about Licorice Pizza to me are the subtle and unexpected parallels with Paul Thomas Anderson's previous outing, Phantom Thread. At a glance, the two couldn't seem more different; while Phantom Thread is certainly underrated for its humor, this is unquestionably a much lighter and more carefree film, which can make its explorations of thornier subjects that much more disarming.

    Both…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★½

    Two trucks having sex, two trucks having sex
    My muscles, my muscles involuntarily flex

    Vehicular fucking.

    Titane is a film which comes out of the gate swinging with a barbed-wire baseball bat, taking the New French Extremity influences of Julia Ducournau's previous masterwork Raw, and cranking the intensity up to eleven. Subversion is the name of the game here, and perhaps the boldest stroke is its subversion of just what constitutes subversive in the first place.

    Following a car accident…

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  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★½

    No, I don't know what this pebble's purpose is, but it must have one, because if this pebble has no purpose, then everything is pointless.

    Beautiful cinnamon roll too good for this world, too pure.

    And here it is: the apotheosis of Fellini's early career. After honing his craft for a bit, he's finally arrived with La Strada, which feels almost like a mission statement of sorts for him, crafted from the elements that would later become synonymous with the…

  • Parallel Mothers

    Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★

    I just want to be where you are.

    This would be a difficult film to discuss in detail without spoiling crucial plot elements, so I won't dive too deep; not least of which as I may need time to more adequately digest everything.

    But I can say, this is a thoroughly engaging drama, with a surprising amount of moral and emotional complexity of the type that might normally be associated with the works of Asghar Farhadi.

    As they said in…

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  • No Man of God

    No Man of God

    ★★★½

    "Do you know why I did it?"

    "Because you wanted to."

    Francois Truffaut famously said that it's impossible to make an anti-war war movie, because the act of depicting it always inadvertently ends up glorifying it; that which is supposed to horrify, instead titillates. One begins to suspect that the same may be true of Ted Bundy films. And if the industry maintains its current trajectory, the latter sub-genre may soon become more numerous than the former.

    This movie doesn't…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★

    My house was broken into last night, and the bastard stole my jokes.

    Sparks are one of my all-time favorite bands, and I've been excited for this since they announced it. So it truly hurts to have to say: this is the single biggest disappointment of the year.

    In terms of plot, the whole thing is just incredibly unfocused. The first half of the movie, which should've been shortened immensely, has virtually no real plot to speak of. The second…