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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★★

    One of the most thematically dense films I’ve ever encountered. I’ve seen Eyes Wide Shut 6 times in the past month, because every time I watch it I pick up on some new message, detail, or mood that I hadn’t noticed before. 

    I’ve seen Eyes Wide Shut described as a ‘comedy of manners’, and while I do believe it has everything to do with the upper class, it is, at its core, a sort of quasi-lovecraftian horror. Among the many…

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Elam Klimov’s “Come and See” depicts atrocious acts of war committed by the Germans on the Eastern front. It specifically depicts the systematic massacre of civilians in Byelorussia by locking a villages inhabitants, sometimes only the children, in a building and burning them alive. The movies protagonist, Florya, played by Aleksei Kravchenko, goes through a non stop cycle of misfortune and struggle throughout the movie. From the very start of the film the only positive moments depicted was Florya finding…

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  • Altered States

    Altered States

    ★★★½

    Altered States is a fascinating hallucinatory thrill ride that explores mystical science and the unknown depths of the human mind, body, and soul. It keeps a sense of mystique until around the third act when William Hurt turns into a chimpanzee and the whole thing begins to feel like a skip-able episode of the X-Files. I understand Ken Russel didn’t have a lot to work with CGI wise at the time, but even then it must have looked goofy? Regardless, Altered States is one of a kind and a must-watch for anyone in search of experimental sci-fi.

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    One of the most unique and creative films I’ve even seen. I’ve always been leery of animation as a true category of film but this completely changed my mind. Miyazaki breathes life into every character, and no detail goes unnoticed. Beneath the hood of the amazing visuals there is also a powerful coming of age story that many can relate to.

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★½

    The '70s were a wild time; sex, drugs and rock & roll were running rampant, the sitting president was facing criminal charges, and Warner Bros. studios produced The Devils.

    Told with an operatic flourish, Ken Russell tells the true story of the depravity surrounding the events of the so-called "Loudun Possessions". A neurotic nun, a homoerotic king, and a holy douchebag - dark characters painted colourful in the sadistic opulence of medieval Europe - The Devils uses gruesome, hedonistic and sacrilegious…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

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    This movie was a lot of things, but above all it wasn’t what I was expecting. Very subversive of the usual Tarantino style, there was little plot or structure, accompanied by a wonky fast paced, non-chronological editing style. It felt very “un-cohesive” compared to Tarantino’s other work and seemingly ignored the loose plot at times and just followed the characters drifting around the city, forming the audiences perception of a late 60s Hollywood and the rising counterculture movement. While most…