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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Holy fuck, this was incredible. Instant #1 of the year so far, and it'll take something special to dethrone it. To my shame, I've only seen Bong Joon-Ho's recent English-language films Snowpiercer and Okja, and only moderately liked both. Parasite, however, is a masterful piece of filmmaking that makes me want to get to the rest of his filmography at the first opportunity. His direction is full of energy and defined by sharp precision that takes already great scenes to…

  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★★

    Aside from the disappointingly soft, easy ending, Her Smell is a challenging, harrowing exploration of a terrifying downward spiral that presents the world of rock-and-roll as a hellish nightmare. Elisabeth Moss tears into this character and burns brighter than ever. Great stuff.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Every so often a film comes along that knocks you off your feet, and reminds you of the greatness that can be achieved through the art of cinema. Sure that sounds cheesy and bombastic, but it truly applies to 'Moonlight', a movie of such immense power and raw humanity that it's impossible to escape or forget.

    In every single way, this is a perfect film. Even some of my all-time favorites have elements that I feel could be improved somehow.…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    The ever-masterful Lynne Ramsay has crafted a gritty, brutal and tight 90 minute gut-punch of a film with You Were Never Really Here. Her typically uncompromising directorial style is a perfect fit with the crime-thriller genre, and her vision combined with a bruising, all-in performance from Joaquin Phoenix (for my money, the best actor working today) inevitably makes for a potent piece of filmmaking. It's a storm of violence and rage, all stemming from a lead character utterly consumed by…