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  • 12 Angry Men
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Shining

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

  • The Northman

    ★★★★

  • North by Northwest

    ★★★★★

  • Vertigo

    ★★★★★

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    Talk about truth in advertising.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    Where the fated journey at the heart of The Green Knight—comparable if only based on release date—emphasised the metaphysical, The Northman does so on the physical—specifically, on the primal physicality of its cast members: bloodied, bruised, and broken.

    The result is a lavish, staggeringly brutal epic—all the while knowing that Robert Eggers' admirable commitment to immersing viewers in a grisly atmosphere will likely alienate more than a few, faint-hearted audience members yet unadjusted, or perhaps unsuited, to the mind behind both The Witch and The Lighthouse.

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  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    Much has been made of Inglourious Basterds’ closing line—“You know something, Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece.”—serving as Tarantino’s elucidation of his own mastery by smash-cutting to his signature “Written & Directed by…” calling card; on my umpteenth viewing, I realised the same could be said of Boogie Nights’ final quote—“I am a big, bright, shining star.”—which comes just before Paul Thomas Anderson flashes on-screen, recontextualising Dirk’s affirmation as PTA himself proclaiming wunderkind status (and rightfully so, mind you, as sometimes this is my favourite film ever, while on every other day, it’s merely one of my all-time favourites).

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★

    A wave of relief swept over me when the end credits began thanks to Justin Vernon’s falsetto, and the fact that Don’t Look Up’s smug grimness had drawn to a close.