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  • Beyond the Lights

    Beyond the Lights 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2015

    While the story's been done many times before, Beyond the Lights is a wonderful old-school melodrama about the perils of fame. While the main character, Noni Jean (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), is an up-and-coming pop star, she could've easily been a movie star or a Broadway actress if the movie were made 50 years ago, and the pleasure of the movie is that it's a well-done variation on a classic setup. The two leads have terrific chemistry, Minnie Driver is surprisingly sympathetic…

  • The Reflecting Skin

    The Reflecting Skin 1990

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2015

    It seems like every review of The Reflecting Skin brings up David Lynch, but it reminded me more of a darker, more surreal Days of Heaven. Taking the point of view of a boy growing up in a dusty Midwestern town in the 1940s, it's a dark and often disturbing coming of age tale. We follow the boy as he explores his suspicion that his town is being preyed upon by monsters, the dreamy point of view punctuated by grotesque…

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 8

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…