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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • Melancholia
  • Autumn Sonata

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  • The Terminal

    ★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★★

  • Catch Me If You Can

    ★★

  • Minority Report

    ★★★★★

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    The phrase “eyes wide shut” is a contradiction in terms. Eyes can be “wide open,” suggesting a conscious knowledge or clear awareness of something, but eyes cannot be literally “wide shut” unless we approach the confusion of the term as a paradox of perception. For example, eyes might be figuratively “wide open” in the dream world with eyes literally “wide shut” to reality. A person’s eyes can be “wide open” to a number of pleasures and fantasies while keeping their…

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★★

    We live in the world of RASHOMON. This is not to suggest we live in a world without facts. Or that truth doesn't exist. If you walk away from this film believing everything is up for grabs you've missed the mark. People really do get raped in the real world. People really do get murdered. The world is full of lies, theft, fraud, and sophistry. We misremember events, we get deluded, we intentionally deceive to gain the upper hand. 

    These are all facts —things…

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  • The Terminal

    The Terminal

    ★½

    A misfire in Spielberg’s career so strange I’m not even mad, I’m simply amazed. What is this film even doing? Is it fable about the immigrant dream? A romantic sitcom? Satire of an overwrought bureaucracy? Opportunity for Starbucks, Borders, and Burger King to leverage more advertising power? Is it trying to offer political commentary on failed immigration policies and institutional oppression? If so, the schmaltzy, feel-good comedy completely undercuts that pathos. Maybe it just wants to go for sentimental romance…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★★

    THE GREEN KNIGHT contains multitudes. A rapturously layered medieval poem riddled with all sorts of weird symbols, archetypes, and pliable images, setting in motion an epic quest that our hero doesn’t fully comprehend, but who’s determined to prove his mettle and brave his youthful dreams of glory. All the early grandeur of Camelot is demythologized in a character who has no great stories of his own, who isn’t even a knight, and who aspires to a chivalric code of greatness…

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  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★★½

    MONOS exists on another planet, a perilous edge of the world fantasy that injects you with a syringe of Lord of the Flies + Aguirre, the Wrath of God. A brutal, unflinching fever dream that takes you hostage for 102min, starves you of its sociopolitical context, then forces you to survive its guerrilla anarchy. These are the lost boys and girls of Neverland. A dysfunctional young militia being trained for a war they can hardly understand, pushed to revolution more…

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★★

    The final freeze-frame says it all. 

    Antoine has arrived on a vast and lonely coastal shore, liberated from the clutches of family and authoritarianism, with nothing to restrict him but the infinite possibility of the ocean. Days of crime, reform and hooky-playing are miles behind him. Detention centers are a thing of the past. Police can’t arrest him. Teachers can’t chide him. Parents and absent role models will no longer hurt him. And in this moment of idealization he feels…