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  • Zama

    Zama

    ★★★★

    2017 Ranked

    Slow, methodical, and lush, Lucrecia Martel‘s story of a middle management officer of the Spanish stationed at a remote outpost in Argentina is something to behold. Perhaps the closest to a modern day version of a Luis Buñuel film one can imagine, but something far different as well despite utilizing some of the same surrealistic touches Buñuel would. Here, Martel tells the story of Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho). He is a loser. It is more complex…

  • Breaker Morant

    Breaker Morant

    ★★★★

    The Criterion Challenge, Pt. II: 89/100
    1980 Ranked

    It is hard to not watch Bruce Beresford’s Breaker Morant and think of Michael Anderson’s Conduct Unbecoming or the more well known Judgment at Nuremberg directed by Stanley Kramer. Together, those two films come to form a basis for the case at the center of Breaker Morant, albeit Beresford’s ends rather differently and is layered in Australian sentiment towards the British Empire as well as the Boer War. Nonetheless, examining the roles…

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  • The Relic

    The Relic

    ★★½

    The 1990s, 1/100

    Described upon release as “Aliens in a museum”, Peter Hyams’ The Relic really oughta be more fun. To his credit, he tries to play it straight, reasoning that an audience must be engaged mentally in order to be scared. Unfortunately, for a film about a giant lizard god terrorizing a museum, it lacks the atmosphere to be genuinely scary and lacks the cheese to be funny. Instead, it just exists for 100 minutes and is mildly entertaining,…

  • The Russia House

    The Russia House

    ★★★½

    The Twilight Time Challenge, 62/100
    1990 Ranked

    One of those old school spy films that is light on thrills, but rich in authentic espionage details and possesses a complex plot that only reveals its true nature when absolutely necessary. Not a film for everyone, but one that I found completely engrossing. This talky spy film finds book publisher Barley Scott-Blair (Sean Connery) thrust into the Cold War. A woman calling herself Katya (Michelle Pfeiffer) brought a manuscript to a book…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    2011 Ranked

    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I saw Drive for the first time in 2013, I had just finished my first film class in high school and was set to graduate from high school in a few weeks. Now, a week and a half removed from finishing college a semester early, it was time to atone for the sins of my youth. Unacquainted with good films at the time aside from the ones I saw in…