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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    I apologize for the cliche, but Come and See lives up to its reputation as a tour de force of horror in every conceivable way. The film unifies and amplifies the elements of cinematic language in service its noble (but impossible) central project - transmitting the horror and otherworldliness of war.

    It's personally inspiring to me that a film this textured and polished could be made without a Hollywood budget. Furthermore, this film offers a vision that is so unrelenting…

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    I imagine that in 1959, a film this aesthetically slick and technically sophisticated would've been monumental. But I'm a viewer who has seen some James Bond films - I've seen prestige TV, I've seen the set pieces in Star Wars. Maybe I've been spoiled by the abundance of staggeringly impressive special effects employed in cinema since 1959. And while I found much of the film's construction and editing to be witty and charming, after the captivating first act of the…

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  • The Martian

    The Martian

    One of the worst films I've ever seen.

  • Pola X

    Pola X

    ★★★★★

    I know the phrase 'tour de force' is a cliché, but I don't know how else to describe it. I built it up in memory over the past six years since I last saw it, and the film was even better than I remembered.

    Saw on 35 mm