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  • Midnight Run

    ★★★★½

  • American Graffiti

    ★★★★

  • Phoenix

    ★★★★

  • My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★★

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

    Body is Reality. 

    The New Flesh. The New Sex. The New Vice. The New Cronenberg. Quite a remarkable visualization of emotion, of the artistic response to a scientific and political paradigm shift, and of humanity’s role in how we *mouths silently* evolve. It’s an incredibly realized world.

  • The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    ★★★★

    The Dead Zone looks like a Cronenberg-directed film, but it does not feel like one per se. It feels like a carefully adapted Stephen King story, which it is to its credit, in ways many others fail to accomplish. It’s unsurprising that this is generally overshadowed by some other fantastic entries in Cronenberg’s outrageously deep filmography (something I’ve always believed of John Carpenter’s Christine), especially given that this was bookended by Videodrome and The Fly. It could be written off…

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  • Midnight Run

    Midnight Run

    ★★★★½

    This remains a true all-timer. And a fun one to share with a friend who hasn’t seen it before.

  • American Graffiti

    American Graffiti

    ★★★★

    “I ain’t nobody, dork. Right?”

    I wish George made more movies like this. I’ve always been fascinated by the man’s love for the car culture of the era, having modified and then near fatally crashing one at the age of the characters he created in this film, and in the year its set. 

    A fantastic soundtrack, an influential format, and such a fun cast. I love Dreyfuss, he’s such a goof in this.

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    TIFF 2021

    A profoundly moving film about grief, regret, and a Saab 900 Turbo, exploring the understanding of one’s self before it is possible to thoroughly engage with another. 

    I’ll be honest here. It’s late. I’m drained. I feel like I’ll ramble while processing the film. Please forgive the word salad that may follow. 

    This Ryusuke Hamaguchi visualization of the Haruki Murakami short story that sees its characters tackle Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is tied together by the curious choice…

  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★★

    Alright, horror-leaning cinephiles. You can get all barred up over Aster and Eggers as modern masters of horror. But James Wan has been delivering horror movies the way you think you remember them being for a while now. The Conjuring is popcorn studio horror at its finest, and sometimes (read: most times) that’s all I’m looking for. Wan is the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln of my 21st century horror Mt. Rushmore.