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  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★

    Plays more like a series of memories and experiences than a conventional narrative, which I can appreciate the authenticity of. This film lives and dies on its characters and their relationship, so if you buy in, you’re in for a treat. Personally, I didn’t fully connect, but enjoyed it nonetheless. Definitely one of this year’s most impressive.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★½

    7th rewatch. 
    UPDATE: It’s still fucking phenomenal.

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    3rd viewing, still excellent. This has to be one of the funniest, and most consistently clever and well-written comedy films of the decade. It’s not afraid to get dark, and it really wears it R-rating on it’s sleeves. Cliff Martinez kills it on the score, as one should expect from him. The most surprising thing about Game Night though, is how much talent is behind the camera. There’s this real energy to the shot composition and editing, which I haven’t…

  • Full Force

    Full Force

    ★★★½

    Leave it iDubbbz to make the best Harmony Korine film since 2013. In all seriousness though, this was a big surprise for me, someone who doesn’t really care for much of Ian’s content. It really felt like he put a lot of care and effort into this, and it really shows. I’d love to see this again, and I’m not ashamed to admit I teared up at the end. Full Force!

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    Free yourself.”

    Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is one of the most deeply harrowing and challenging pieces of art I’ve ever experienced. Only a directorial genius at the top of their game could come close to making something this powerful, and for that reason, I consider Paul Thomas Anderson to be the greatest living filmmaker. 

    This is a film about many things, it’s extremely layered and rewards rewatches, so I doubt I’ll be able to scratch the surface as this…

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★½

    I really wish Mr. Linklater picked better source material, because this was a really disappointing and frustrating experience. Nothing about this was “bad” perse, it’s just that nothing about this was special. The entire thing was really bland and uninteresting, and I can’t say I’ll ever watch this again, or even recommend it to people under the age of 50.

  • Obvious Child

    Obvious Child

    ★★★½

    [3.75]

    This was a big surprise! I went into this expecting a regular romantic-comedy to throw on and make fun of, but it’s actually one of the best films of 2014! Jenny Slate gives one of the best performances of the year, and the film itself is really sweet, funny, and entertaining. This film is for me exactly what Ladybird is for so many people. Even though it’s mostly pretty lighthearted, the way it deals with abortion is a very…

  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    masterpiece.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★

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

    “I have a love in my life, and it makes me stronger than anything you could imagine!” 

    :)

  • Good Boys

    Good Boys

    ★★½

    Embarrassed to say that I saw this in a theatre.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★½

    Happy birthday, Apocalypse Now. I decided to finally check this off the list for it’s 40th anniversary, and all I can say is that it’s fucking incredible. This is one of the most artistic, potent films I’ve ever seen, and it’s honestly amazing that such a blatant, cheerless anti-war statement was able to be treated to a high budget and all-star cast. This film has more in common with Aguirre: The Wrath of God than it does with any war…

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★

    “Intelligence is relative.”

    Saw this again, and it still blows my mind how fucking DENSE this film is for it’s extremely quick 90-minute runtime. There’s something constantly going on here, whether it be the zany antics of Chad and Linda (performed fantastically by Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand. Actually, I can’t think of a single actor in this ensemble cast who doesn’t do an excellent job), the comically unfaithful relationships between pretty much every character in this film, or the…