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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★

    Nicolas Winding Refn's Passion? Similarly on-the-nose subject matter, similarly pitched performances? I find it increasingly impossible to rate Refn's work, because no matter how much trouble I have personally connecting with it, it has such an idiosyncratic voice that I will always track down more of it. Kind of wish this one was just the hypnotic music video-esque interludes and the fantastic finale without any attempt at narrative in between, but what do I know about anything? Just glad to have this in whatever fucking weird-ass form I can get it.

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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★

    Forget exactly when I rewatched this, but wanted to at least note that I did rewatch it and either my appreciation for it has increased or my discretion between what constitutes a 3- and a 4-star film has changed (the latter is very possible given how much time I have for film these days). Tense throughout, even when you know what's coming. Contrivances, sure, but never much of a detriment to the film. If all sci-fi were like this, I'd be pretty happy.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Ever since I joined Letterboxd, nothing has scared me more than the idea of trying to write about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The fact that everything has "already been said" about this masterpiece has itself already been said so many times that there's not even an original means of expressing my lack of originality left at my disposal. So with the knowledge that I will probably never be able to fully encapsulate what makes this my favorite movie of all…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    "Do you trust in God? Job too was close to the Lord."

    Talking about The Tree of Life is almost impossible without immediately descending into the realm of subjective opinion. It is so uniquely idiosyncratic that you can't compare it to anything else in objective terms. I could tell you that I think it's one of the greatest films ever made, but for somebody already skeptical of critical objectivity I have no way to back up that claim. I know…