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  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead 1977

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2015

    Watching David Lynch's ERASERHEAD for the first time in 2015, I was struck by just how startlingly contemporary it feels. Lynch could have easily made this yesterday, and its timelessness is part of its strange and terrifying beauty. ERASERHEAD is pure id, a haunting and disorienting nightmare that manages to be both beautiful and frightening, familiar and foreign, there's just nothing else like it out there. Lynch seems to be channeling the early Surrealists while charting a wholly original path…

  • Southpaw

    Southpaw 2015

    ★★★ Watched 26 Jul, 2015

    Watching Antoine Fuqua’s SOUTHPAW is often akin to watching a greatest hits reel of other, better boxing films. It’s the kind of film most people have seen before, and have a pretty good idea of where it’s going before it starts, but that doesn’t stop Fuqua from making it an entertaining ride. Jake Gyllenhaal gives a ferocious, force of nature performance that elevates the material beyond its maudlin roots (much like Denzel Washington did for TRAINING DAY in 2001). It…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Nov, 2014 1

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2014

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.