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  • Youth

    Youth 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Dec, 2015

    I need to disclose right away that I love The Great Beauty. This made seeing Sorrentino's follow-up, Youth, not only highly anticipated, but also probably set my expectations unfairly high. With that said, I can say that this film impressed me from start to finish and left any lofty expectations far surpassed.

    Sorrentino's camera and the way it moves and observes every character (major and minor) and location (expansive and detailed) in Youth reminds me how great cinema will always…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2015

    70mm Roadshow Edition

    This film seems to be a culmination for Tarantino. It takes many elements from his previous films and both masterfully perfects and viciously amplifies them on one grand stage. The experience of watching this film was like taking the suspense of the incredible first scene in Inglourious Basterds and drawing it out over three hours, allowing the tension to ruthlessly twist my stomach into knots. Let's just say I was thankful for the intermission as momentary relief…

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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!