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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    My ranking of the six stories:
    1) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: 4.5/5
    2) Near Algodones: 4/5
    3) All Gold Canyon: 4/5
    4) The Gal Who Got Rattled: 3.5/5
    5) The Mortal Remains: 3.5/5
    6) Meal Ticket: 3/5

    Overall, not one of the Coen Brothers's best, but still a quite imaginative, darkly funny, and gorgeously shot and directed picture that both parodies and tributes westerns in all their various forms, from movies to legends. Netflix has a great lineup this year!

  • Mean Streets

    Mean Streets

    ★★★★½

    Damn, early Scorsese is wonderful.

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    There are some very obvious logical missteps; sometimes the film can be overly expository (which sound strange for a mostly-silent film, but I mean it for both dialogue and for visual language); the few jumpscares kinda sucked; and the ending left me somewhat dissatisfied. Despite those cons, I thoroughly enjoyed A Quiet Place. It is a tour-de-force of 90-minute, tense, gripping horror from John Krasinski. All the performances are fantastic (kudos to deaf-in-real-life actress Millicent Simmonds), the cinematography is gritty…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    FINALLY THEY'VE COME TO THEIR SENSES AND LEFT IT UP! THIS IS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

    Wow. After the original series 20 years ago Lynch decided to came back and make... A season? A film? No, something which transcends the boundaries of it all. The abstract concepts, the sheer filmmaking prowess, the completely committed performances, the entrancing visuals and plot, the surprising amount of humor, the gorgeous soundtrack and "live" Roadhouse performances, the random detours which simultaneously feel like they've gone…