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  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Trainspotting
  • Blue Velvet

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  • Pygmalion

    ★★★½

  • The Matrix

    ★★★★

  • Five Easy Pieces

    ★★★½

  • Stavros Halkias: Live at the Lodge Room

    ★★★½

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  • Citizen Ruth

    Citizen Ruth

    ★★★½

    I’d heard of Citizen Ruth a while back when looking through Alexander Payne’s filmography and was surprised I had never seen it around. A film from 1996 starring Laura Dern playing the role of a pregnant huffing addict feels like it would have left more of a mark on pop culture memory than it did. After watching it, I’m still surprised. This film has its share of familiar faces (Dern herself, Kurtwood Smith, Burt Reynolds) and a uniquely dark sense…

  • Bottle Rocket

    Bottle Rocket

    ★★★★

    What a funny and charming movie. I enjoyed this much more than I had any right to expect. It has the energy and ambition of numerous other directorial debuts of the 1990s and despite a little sloppy editing it doesn’t look like the product of first time directors and leading actors. After watching this it is hard for me not to imagine a different career trajectory for Wes Anderson that did not involve him constantly refining his eccentric, twee dollhouse style he has become famous for, but I’m very happy this exists nonetheless.

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  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★½

    I was very surprised by this one. This is the earliest Argento film I've seen and in some ways it's the best. Maybe there's something about sticking to genre conventions that makes his early work so effective. There's not a great deal to describe that would distinguish this from dozens of gialli of its time: you've got the black gloves, the lady killer, the hard-nosed but well-intentioned detective. Despite this, it really stands out in Argento's filmography for me.

    The…

  • Being There

    Being There

    ★★★★

    I went into this film knowing nothing about it, so surprise was inevitable; however, I felt that I had it figured out within the first act. When introduced to Chance and his predicament, I assumed this would just be a lighthearted comedy filled with sentiment and heartbreaking moments. I didn't expect it to be as hilarious as it was. This is the most endearing film I've seen in quite a while. The sentimental scenes so closely placed with jokes, especially…