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  • Freaks

    Freaks

    ★★★★½

    Pretty astonishing to this day, and surprisingly more progressive than I'd expect for a film from the 30s. Not to mention that the final moment of horror is pretty satisfying. This should-- and likely will-- be a film that will always hold up and impress future audiences every bit as much as it did when it was released.

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★

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

    Lost Highway has a certain nostalgia for me, as it was one of the first R-rated films I ever saw -- and certainly one of the strangest. As a kid, knowing I was watching something I shouldn't, I was transfixed by its nightmarish-ness. Now, as an adult, and after several viewings, I can better see it for what it is, and its place within David Lynch's filmography. The opening segment (everything with Bill Pullman) is excellent, horrific, and atmospheric. In…

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  • Bright Star

    Bright Star

    ★★★★★

    Bright Star is my favorite film of 2009 and one of my absolute favorite films. It is one that grows richer with each subsequent viewing, and the complex bonds between the characters feel so incredibly real, you feel as if you are right there with them, entwined in their love affair and their friendships, their longing and regret. Jane Campion's attention to detail is overwhelming, as is her incredible screenplay which weaves an impressive tapestry from letters between John Keats…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★★

    The Fly is a masterpiece of science fiction and body horror -- with a heavy dose of existential tragedy thrown in for good measure -- as only David Cronenberg could do it. Jeff Goldblum's performance is complex and fascinating, contributing depth and vital emotion to a role that could, in the wrong hands, be a cold one. Some claim it's a meditation on the AIDS crisis, Cronenberg argues that it's simply about aging and death -- but any way you…