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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    In 1975, Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded the greatest album of all-time 'Born to Run.' It begins with the greatest song of all-time "Thunder Road".

    It's a song that Bruce considers to be an invitation, not just in the subtext of the song but moreso literally as the introduction to his opus. I think he sells it a little short. The romantic images of escape and the pure catharsis of its coda have fueled me since discovering it 10 years…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    Colour me pleasantly surprised.

    Sure, with all the hype and acclaim, it should be a no brainer that this is a good movie. I didn't really doubt it'd be a great experience at least, even if the trailers spoiled the gist of the plot. However, Del Toro fans were rallying behind this as a Best Picture frontrunner and man did I not buy that a fish-fucking film would win. That doubt translated in me not being as excited for the…

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★

    This is always one cosmic and satisfying movie. Tarantino at Cannes this year put me in the mood. Two vital screenwriting lessons:

    1. The ending is loaded in the beginning. Full circle all the way.
    2. Stir the imagination. The scenes at face value are but a snapshot, but it paints a whole world - both seedy and compelling.

  • Knocked Up

    Knocked Up

    ★★★

    The jokes hold up really well. The story does not.

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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    "Comedy is tragedy in a wide shot."

    Jim Cummings zooms in.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    I think Yorgos Lanthimos is Wes Anderson's evil twin brother. 

    I love them both dearly.

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    While I loved this enough based on execution and experience alone, I adore the way it explores the vicious cycle of justice and vengeance. It's a deeply unsettling film, made especially brilliant by the veiled insincerity of every character all the time. I'm on board for whatever Lanthimos does.