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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

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

    A unfathomably great achievement.

    Not that I think it even matters, but it's shocking to me that people have ever genuinely contemplated Taxi Driver in the framework of a traditional story e.g. its heroic post-shootout coda scene with Travis back driving the cabs again. I don't want to get into a "it's all a dream, man!" routine because that's so fucking infuriating as 21st century Buzzfeed esque reductivism, but Scorsese is so clear with his visual language that it's hard…

  • Happy-Go-Lucky

    Happy-Go-Lucky

    ★★★★★

    Sally Hawkins is out-of-this-world phenomenal.

    I can't imagine Mike Leigh ever making a bad film.

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  • Paris, Texas

    Paris, Texas

    ★★★★★

    Oh wow, just finished rewatching Paris Texas and the first thing I read about afterwards is the passing of Harry Dean Stanton. :( We were lucky to have him. I love his character of Travis Henderson so, so much. I found such affinity and affection in every part he played, but never more than here in what he helped make one of the all time great American movies. The tenderness and love and pathos just oozed out of Harry Dean. He was a one in a million.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    Aka the greatest horror film ever made

    It's beyond heartbreaking how this was treated on release. I think it's primarily just an example of Lynch being way ahead of the curve, and thankfully its modern day re-appraisal is testimony to such. The legacy of the show itself was probably somewhat of a curse too, but then again nothing here was particularly 'new' - it had just never been shown so graphically dark, absent from the comfort of the soap opera…