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  • The New World
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
  • Dont Look Back

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  • TÁR

    ★★★★½

  • City of Hope

    ★★★½

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★★★★

  • No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

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  • Atonement

    Atonement

    ★★★★★

    Atonement doesn’t beg for perspective as much as it demands it. Not in an ostentatious way, but in an impressively graceful manner that simply proves why it deserves your attention, and why it can and should change how you give your attention. It provides that coveted 20-20 hindsight in real time, provides the behind-the-scenes documentary as the show is being put on, takes the parts of our lives that have unsung rhythm… and sings it.

    Does it look like anything…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

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

    Just as the airy, orchestral auditory opening to The Master is interrupted by There Will Be Blood-reminiscent off-kilter dissonance, just so are the vibrant, vivid visuals of the ocean and its placid shore interrupted by our protagonist, Freddie Quell. The introduction of his character is impeccably revolting, the way he defiles what would be an ethereally beautiful location, and yet the nuances of his past and psychology which make him this way are still an apparatus of complexity, as complicated…

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    When I was in grade school, a classmate showed me and some friends a trick he could do with spiral-bound notebooks. He opened his spiraled agenda to the first page, and did the same with another spiraled agenda placed beside it, so one cover was largely overlapping the other. Then he would flip the page of the first agenda so it would be on top of the other’s cover, then he flipped the page of the second agenda so they…

  • City of Hope

    City of Hope

    ★★★½

    As a part of Zig & Plaid’s Tandem Triptych, an event from our “Ashamed We Haven’t Seen It” project, the ever eloquent Ziglet_mir and I ventured to the great state of New Jersey for this outing. I’ll link his review below—you should definitely be following this man.

    “City of Hope” is a purposely and dishearteningly ironic title for John Sayles’ harsh look at an all-too-realistically dysfunctional Jersey town. Any remotely positive interactions between the myriad of characters are few and far…

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  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★★½

    “Do I repeat myself when I talk?”

    “Huh?”

    ”When I talk... do I repeat myself?”

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    "What sin are you referring to?"

    Please hear me out:

    Many believe this is wholly an anti-capitalism film. This is not the case. It is an anti-greed film. Yes, capitalism can provide a means for exercising greed, in many cases quite easily, but it is the vehicle for this film's condemning message, not the target. The oil industry was extremely domineering in the decades leading to the publishing of the novel on which this is based, making it an effective…