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  • Risky Business

    Risky Business 1983

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Mar, 2016

    I find it pretty difficult to categorize this as a "teen sex comedy" since it clearly transcends the genre as it has devolved to today. This is a stylistic, dark comedy with heart and manages to hauntingly say a lot of interesting things about sex, materialism, and coming-of-age. The direction elevates the film and there is thoughtful and creative filmmaking on display throughout - it's not just a generic delivery-device for empty raunchiness. All of this, plus an incredible Tangerine Dream score.

  • The New World

    The New World 2005

    ★★★ Watched 12 Feb, 2016

    Couple walking through tall grass. Couple staring off into distance in tall grass. Swelling music in tall grass. Shot of lake or river. Repeat.

    [See also: To the Wonder]

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Aug, 2013

    Dreamily slow, but hypnotic with visceral imagery from start to finish - each frame is like a neon painting. I would say confidently that the lighting and cinematography are the bigger stars than Gosling in this. In combination with the lighting, the amazing Cliff Martinez score adds a sense of dread and impact that was very Kubrickian - like a mix of Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining shot in a dreamland Bangkok. I also felt the influence of John…

  • Beauty Day

    Beauty Day 2011

    ★★★★½ Added

    Cheel is Canada's next star filmmaker and this is proof - one of the best films of 2011. Would love to see what he could do with a feature-length fictional film. Looking forward to How to Build a Time Machine!