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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    Cannes 2018
    2018, Ranked
    FIVE-STAR FILMS
    Seen In Theaters

    Without a doubt the best film of 2018, and a modern masterpiece from Lee Chang-dong.

    Burning's articulation of generational malaise grips you from its first moments all the way till its final, inevitable outburst of ugly rage. Even on a second watch, I found myself lost in a trance, staring at its mysteries as if gazing into the calm, insistent crackle of a fire.

    I can't wait to own this so I can watch it on repeat.

    READ MY REVIEW FROM CANNES 2018 ON CINECCENTRIC

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★½

    I'm honestly a little shocked by how much I didn't care for this, given how long I've been meaning to see it.

    Maybe it's just how dead tired I was when I put it on, but I found myself drifting to sleep the longer this went on.

    Besides the killer score and neat colorful lighting (which grows old after maybe the fourth time out of a hundred that a room changes its hue), I don't really "get" the appeal of…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    So frustratingly close to becoming a modern masterpiece, held back literally by a handful of clumsy scenes of exposition.

    Roger Deakins is a treasure. The first shot of Ryan Gosling's silhouette against the harsh orange of poisoned Las Vegas air is *perfect*. Its jaw-dropping beauty caught me off guard even on a second watch.

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

    There's a moment in Taxi Driver when Travis Bickle is balancing his TV set with his foot. There's a light tension in the air as it oscillates back and forth between the force of his foot and gravity. Ultimately it falls over, and its assured destruction is perhaps the film's most obvious parallel to Travis's own downward spiral. Teetering on the edge in his own mental illness and isolation, Travis is very much that TV set.