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  • The Man Who Wasn't There

    The Man Who Wasn't There

    ★★★★

    There’s so much to say about this underrated and forgotten Coen bros. gem, which turns 20 this year, but for now I’ll just say this: 

    Tony Shalhoub is so fucking brilliant in this movie, he turns Freddie Riedenschneider into one of the greatest Coen bros. characters.. ever. How is he not in more of their films?!

  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★½

    A precursor to 21st century’s mumblecore trapped in amber; preserved to be eternally studied as a sweet and sour cinematic delicacy. It ruminates on the soullessness of capitalism and sheds all conventional wisdom of the Western genre like a snake sheds its skin, only to slither away as one of the wisest in all of the Western genre.

    Best served cold, with a raw egg.

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  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★

    After his “Death” trilogy (“Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel“) Alejandro González Iñárritu took an even more depressing route. Instead of swallowing the proverbial chill pill by directing something lighter, looser, something with a sliver of optimistic verve in its veins, he went ahead and made the ultimate downer of his filmography: “Biutiful.” Nothing against the film itself (it personally moved me to no end, and I believe it contains the best performance Javier Bardem has ever delivered), but it’s bleak…

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★★★★

    Belgian director Chantal Akerman passed away yesterday, at the age of 65. She left us much too soon, and her passing should reignite conversations about her eternal contributions to cinema.

    Of these, "Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles" is her most scrutinized and critically lauded work. By all accounts in cinema history, it’s the one she'll always be remembered for. Akerman’s passing gave me the incentive to finally scratch it off my bucket list, as it's been a…