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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    2001 is the greatest film ever made. Period. 

    When I first saw it at the unripe age of fourteen, I didn't have a clue what was going on. It also didn't matter. What mattered was that I became a raving werewolf during the experience, completely moonstruck at the thought of how many hidden, fathomless worlds pulsated beyond the stars. Last night I watched a 70mm print of it on IMAX and I kid you not—the werewolf in me came out…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    For weeks I’ve been haunted by the dark, dark, dark third act of Darren Aronofsky’s latest film. I remember feeling this way for weeks after Black Swan, too. It’s an emotion that stretches like vines, like fingers, pulsing and slithering its way about without letting go easily. Aronofsky, of course, has always had a gifted predilection for exploring darkness, but in mother! he really amps up the insanity, delivers a mind-blowing climax, and goes places I wasn’t entirely expecting, nor…

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  • I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

    I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

    ★★

    After the explosive intensity of the Vengeance Trilogy, Park Chan-wook churned out something defiantly crackpot, on par with the weird, idiosyncratic humor of Bong Joon-ho. CYBORG is the director’s most uncharacteristic film to date, a quirky rom-com that feels as though AMELIE stepped into a sci-version of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST. Wait, wait, a romantic comedy in the hands of Mr. Park? Sounds like an exciting, potentially perverse concept, though the execution reminded me of one of those…

  • Three… Extremes

    Three… Extremes

    ★★★½

    My god. What the hell is wrong with Fruit Chan!?!? DUMPLINGS is so profoundly fucked up, so grossly perverse, there’s really no reason to discuss the other two shorts from Miike or Chan-wook (which are entirely forgettable by comparison). 

    I was really surprised DUMPLINGS wasn’t Miike’s episode, as it feels exactly like his brand of sicko, get-under-your-skin horror. Maybe I’m just not at all familiar with Chan’s style, which could be even more demented? Can anyone confirm? Miike’s episode, BOX,…

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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…

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    As the initial shock settles, as the Oedipal claws dig deep into your pillaged-out gut, you gotta ask yourself: OLDBOY is a laugh-out-loud comedy, right? It was made on a dare, right? The premise is so absurd, the revenge is so petty, you can't help but guffaw at how preposterous the execution is. And the hilarious thing? It holds itself with such deliberate arthouse conviction, worthy of Lynch, Kafka or Shakespeare. It's a genuinely sickening spell of a film that…