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  • Tokyo Story
  • Jaws
  • The Evil Dead
  • City of God

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  • Heck

    ★★★★

  • Women Talking

    ★★★★

  • Mississippi Grind

    ★★★★½

  • Nope

    ★★★★½

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  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★★★★

    Shattering.

    Easily one of the most singular, profound and artistically accomplished films of all time.

    Scorsese's direction is legendary here. Urgent, raw and viscerally sincere- a crashing tidal-wave of ferocious empathic energy churns a primordial cauldron of primeval catholic spiritualism charged with guilt as heavy as tectonic plates. Save for literally two cuts I personally disliked, everything on a technical and craft level is of an almost completely unparalleled sort. Effortlessly evoking the aesthetic and sounds of the periods the…

  • Road to Damascus

    Road to Damascus

    As the Writer and Producer I feel I shouldn't score the film. But I am exceptionally proud of everyone who worked on this project.

    We didn't have anywhere near enough money (about $20k) and it being many of the cast and crew's first feature film there are inevitably things I wish I could do over or differently. But I don't think any of that diminishes any of the hard work litteraly everyone POURED into this movie. Maybe someday I'll tell…

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  • Heck

    Heck

    ★★★★

    Dull, boring, formalist, electric, personal and shit your pants scary.

    Watched in curious preparation for Skinamarink.

    Will not work for everybody and I can already see how the style of it all might not hold up for an entire feature. But God Damn did this work on me. The hairs on my arms started to stand up after around the half-way mark and I don't think I was ever able to relax after that.

    What I really didn't expect were…

  • Women Talking

    Women Talking

    ★★★★

    A better play than a film maybe.

    As a stage play I could see this being shortlisted for a Pulitzer. A powerhouse display of dramaturgy as bolstered by exceptional, searingly brutal performances.

    Sarah Polley's direction is gentle and observant but it is the beauty of the writing that truly astounds. Lyrical, resonant and strong- a full throated scream in an empty field.

    A remarkably challenging piece. From both an audience and a directorial perspective. The film is patiently unafraid of…

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Very good. But also very frustrating.

    In a lot of incidental and unimportant ways this is basically the film I wrote and produced- except good. That and the hero here is lookIng for a truffle pig and not his trans roommate.

    Sigh...

    Really there are a lot of differences and Pig is a bigger and richer film than anything I could have ever conceived of. The film has a lot of really interesting things to say about pacificism, food, environmental…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★

    Flat, uninvolving, dull and laborious.
    Dense with lore, world building and spectacle but light on story, character and impact.
    Exceptional effects work and solid performances struggle to bring weight to what is ostensibly a first-half of a grander narrative. Yet I am uninterested in where that leads.

    Dune as Novel, as text, as an art Object is a remarkable accomplishment of imagination and a stunning interweaving of historical and anthropological knowledge within a sci-fi context- a work of such total,…