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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★

    Whether it's the rambunctiousness of REQUIM FOR A DREAM, the bleak eroticism of BLACK SWAN, or the nihilistic insanity of NOAH, Darren Aronofsky has been working hard for decades to cement his place in the film industry as one of the most uncompromising talents enforcing his own sense of vision. Lacking the ability to create a crowd-pleasing narrative, Aronofsky has fueled some of the most controversial (and understated) fire maybe more than any modern filmmaker. One critic recently compared his…

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    SALEM'S LOT, CARRIE, and THE SHINING may have been written first (and those books may have elevated his name in the 80s), but in current culture, no book of Stephen King's has had such a lasting impact as IT. This 1,000+ page epic is a masterful story, one that uses its structure to tell a remarkable tale of young kids who encounter a demonic clown which eventually turns into a fable on the aging process and also the age-old battle…

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  • Unbreakable

    Unbreakable

    ★★★★½

    always felt this was one of Shyamalan's most underappreciated works, but as time has gone on and the age of five-superhero-movies-per-year continues to overwhelm, i am becoming more and more convinced that it is his absolute best work.

  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    "She's the real star of the picture!"

    still incredibly potent in its depiction of love, the film industry, and the way those two can conflict. 

    but that's mostly under the surface. 

    on the surface, everything works just as well, with wonderful cast chemistry, excellent direction, and superb musical numbers which cement its place as one of the finest musicals ever produced for the screen.