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  • Breaking the Waves
  • Blue Velvet
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Citizen Kane

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  • Fire of Love

    ★★★½

  • Baby's Laxative

    ★★★★

  • Le Divorce

    ★½

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★★

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    George A. Romero's masterpiece. A subversive anti-capitalist manifesto, spot-on indictment of consumerist culture and desensitization, and an exploration of the social construct vs. human nature debate, masquerading as a nail-biting zombie apocalypse thriller with some of the greatest gore effects of all time, Dawn Of The Dead is not just one of the best horror films ever made, but also one of the greatest artistic statements from a filmmaker at the top of his game.

    I'll break all that down…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

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

    I award a lot of films five stars, because my criteria is based on relative perfection attained with respect to what the filmmakers are attempting to convey. In other words, any film has the ability to be awarded five stars; no film is denied the potential solely based on subject matter. But when I look back at my time spent in a darkened theatre I honestly can count the number of transcendent film experiences I’ve had on one hand, maybe…

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  • Fire of Love

    Fire of Love

    ★★★½

    Glorified NatGeo doc about volcanoes, with the added human interest element of a husband and wife team who gave their lives for their passion of getting up close and personal with active craters. Intermittently informative, and surprisingly moving in the final moments, the doc mostly moves chronologically through their life together as a means to an end, padding the runtime of what could easily be covered in under an hour. Certainly not Oscar worthy, but then as with Best Score and Best International Film, the popularity contest belies their inability, or unwillingness, to actually search for the best representations of those categories.

  • Baby's Laxative

    Baby's Laxative

    ★★★★

    Renoir's first sound film is essentially a one act play, or early sitcom, involving a simple set-up about a mother trying to feed a laxative to a constipated child on the same night an important client of the father's is coming over for dinner. Chaos ensues, and Renoir takes great advantage of the lack of camera movement or close-ups, to work on comedic timing and the directing of his actors, two things he would soon master at the end of the decade.

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  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria

    ★★★★★

    You can tell after the first ten minutes of watching Clouds Of Sils Maria that it is not a Hollywood production; one, because Juliette Binoche's character Maria is still alive, and two, because Kristen Stewart is actually allowed to act, and she's pretty great at it by the way.

    In yet another year of middling roles for women, Sils Maria is a dream come true. Masterfully directed by Olivier Assayas, the film centers on an aging actress preparing to play…

  • Wasp

    Wasp

    ★★★★★

    It's easy to sit back and judge Zoë for dragging her kids to the pub and forcing them to wait outside all night, while she goes on a date inside with an old high school crush, and he has no idea. But to do so is to react to the situation and ignore the film itself. Director Andrea Arnold understands the life or death urgency for Zoë to feel desired again, "normal" again, just one more time, the way it…