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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    I think this is a mediocre film that avoided saying much of anything while courting controversy for publicity. It was admirable to try to reinvent the tired superhero genre in a more character-driven direction, but this film just ended up being grim and unpleasant with a vague sense of politics. As many have said, it's Taxi Driver without any critical distance or sense of reproach for the character or archetypes of masculinity on American cinema. As soon as the showing…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

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

    This movie is absolutely bonkers from top to bottom and I loved it. It was one of the most unique and enjoyable cinematic experiences I've ever had. I always heard a lot about this movie, often referred to as the favorite film of Criterion forum members, but went into it knowing nothing about its style and plot, which was definitely for the best. Watching this movie with another person who had no idea what they were in for made it…

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  • Journey to Italy

    Journey to Italy

    ★★★★★

    This is a terrific, largely quiet film about eternity and love. Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders make a convincing couple whose marriage is coming apart at the seams, and whose performances really luxuriate in the quiet resentments left unsaid. The scene in the museum and at Pompeii are two of the most resonant ever captured on film, touching on art and history and how our poor human lives fit in. Rossellini gets to train the camera on lush roadside vegetation, modernist homes, and a crowded city square, creating a luscious picture of a nation reaching into the future while trying to maintain its past.

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    This was the first film that I saw in a theater that really spoke to me. I was 17 and I was just getting into cinema. I had seen the poster when I went to see Juno in 2007, and it captivated me. I was alone in the theater except for an old man, and when it was over he walked by me and said, "That was a waste of time and money." I feel like he couldn't have been…