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  • Back to the Future
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Before Sunrise

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  • Il Sorpasso

    ★★★★½

  • Kantara

    ★★½

  • Simon of the Desert

    ★★★★

  • A Separation

    ★★★★

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  • Il Sorpasso

    Il Sorpasso

    ★★★★½

    "You know what the best age to be is? The age you are, day by day."

    Ended my Kinovember 2022 studies on a high note with this masterpiece of kinetic existentialism. Being a pretty dumb fella, I like movies with direct storylines and overt themes, but I'm also aware that I'm dumb, so I need them to be graceful about it in some way. "Il Sorpasso" is that perfect crossroads: classy, cool, timeless, tasteful, exactingly calibrated, while still quite obviously…

  • Kantara

    Kantara

    ★★½

    An Indian blockbuster of Kannada cinema (aka Sandalwood, that which is produced in the state of Karnataka), somewhat resembling the Tollywood overtures of this year's earlier crossover smash "RRR", although, and I swear I'm trying not to judge one based on the other, this film has substantially less entertainment value. Plenty of bravado, excellent production values and dedicated performers, that stunning way with ultra-slo-mo to accentuate the most exciting moments, and who knew you could turn a "whoooa!" into a…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Pragmatic!

    Is the best way to describe this scrappy, intense, black-comedy thriller from the rising master of scrappy, intense, black-comedy thrillers Jeremy Saulnier. Like his debut "Murder Party", this is a chamber piece, confining a young punk band to mostly one room of a neo-Nazi club they made the mistake of playing at, where they become sitting ducks after witnessing a murder. And close quarters suit Saulnier's modus operandi impeccably, as he once again tackles a succinct premise with an…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    Oooh yeah! One of those movies that reignites my love for the medium, not that it was flagging or anything, but this actually thrilled me physically and as a (formerly) prospective writer myself. I never wanted to be avant garde or anything – my dream was to write and/or make smart but accessible entertainment like this (and preferably in genre territory), so to see it pulled off so expertly every now and then in movies like "10 Cloverfield Lane" feels…