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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Metropolis
  • Moonlight

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  • Elvis

    ★★★

  • To the Wonder

    ★★★★

  • Jackass Forever

    ★★★

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    ★★★★

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★

    Let's start with the caveat that I like Elvis' music but know next to nothing about his personal life. All I can do is take this film on its own terms without historical comparison. "Elvis" makes a strong effort to credit African American music as the source of Elvis' success. They are his genuine influences, employed honestly on his part. It is the studio system's racism that white washes his music. Elvis himself notices and condemns the proxy racism directed…

  • To the Wonder

    To the Wonder

    ★★★★

    I love Malick's ethereal style. The only problem with To the Wonder is that Malick paints it on so heavy it's hard to see through at times. Every scene feels like an unstructured wisp of meaning gusting past you. The lack of focus on traditional storytelling leaves you often unsure what exactly is going in the character's lives, though you remain well appraised of their feelings about it. Much of the dialogue is transactional. Sometimes it is so far in…

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  • Elysium

    Elysium

    ★½

    I shudder to admit I loved this when it first came out in 2013. It would seem some things have changed since then because now I find this almost unwatchable. I'm glad there was a character or computer voice to tell me what was happening in every scene. While that is, of course, awful story telling, I needed the crutch because everything on screen was a mess. Scenes zip by in check box format. The cuts come half a second…

  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★½

    Children of Men confronts your with a terrifying, hopeless circumstance that you probably wouldn't place at the top of your list of world-ending disasters. Suddenly, for reasons not yet known, humans are no longer fertile. While it sounds terrifying in the abstract, the film allows you to observe in detail why it's so terrifying. You feel the despair set in on you as the abstraction of mass infertility becomes a detailed lived reality. No more children on the playgrounds means…