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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★½

    Oh my... when you go into the year’s most high-profile divisive movie knowing you are going to be with the one-to-two star crowd... and you end up firmly in the four-to-five star crowd... WTF?! “That’s life...” I guess...

    P.S. Joaquin Phoenix... just Joaquin Phoenix... generationally brilliant, as always...

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

    ★★★★

    Simply of the finest documentaries about the madness of making movies and, in particular, one of the finest movies ever created.

    “You have to fail a little, die a little, go insane a little, to come out the other side.”

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    The line-up to get in for this movie at today’s Vancouver International Film Festival screening ran for hundreds of people, took in multiple city blocks... and these were people who, like me, already had tickets... it was a site that warmed my cinema-loving heart... and then the sights and sounds of ‘Parasite’ lived up to that excitement in every single way... remarkably funny... just so fucking funny... until the laughs quickly stop... but whatever tone it strikes, it’s a truly…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    Five thoughts...

    - A kaleidoscopic, hypnotic, Hitchcockian-level, paranoia thriller masked as a enigmatic treaty on memory, loneliness, the nature of existence and human nature, and the struggle of the class divide.

    - One of the year’s best music moments? Without a doubt.

    - That first dream of the burning greenhouse? Wow.

    - A loner. A siren. A monster.

    - How the fuck is this not nominated for the ‘Best Foreign Language’ Oscar?

    Five quotes (so many to choose from)...

    “Aren’t all protagonists nuts?”

    “I play.”

    “I’ll do anything for fun.”

    “To me, the world is a mystery.”

    “You need to feel the bass... right here.”