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    Tag

    ★★★★

    Sion Sono is my favorite cinematic madman.

    Also I just realized Reina Triendl is one of the panelists on Terrace House and now I feel like I should bump my rating up a half star.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★½

    While it lacks the simple emotional hook that propelled the original, in every other way this film is bigger, more inventive, more confident, and just plain better than the first.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    How I imagine the producers pitched this to Villeneuve:

    VILLENEUVE: I dunno, this seems sort of hopeful and uplifting. I prefer dark stories about serial killers and drug runners. I don't really see why you came to me, to be honest.

    PRODUCERS: Did we mention there's a giant spider creature thing?

    VILLENEUVE: I'M IN.

    (This joke for the thirty people who saw ENEMY).

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    I used to respect Jarmusch more than I loved him, but with this and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE he's tapped into something potent, a sort of wise, middle-aged artist's humanism that I find devastatingly lovely.