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  • The Aviator

    The Aviator

    ★★★★½

    You get a sense of Howard Hughes being Icarus with the waxed wings…He’s gotta fly out of the labyrinth. But he never could, because the labyrinth was himself.

    — Martin Scorsese

    That combination of internal struggle and grandiose mythmaking gets at the heart of what makes The Aviator as powerful as it is. It represents the union of Scorsese’s two conflicting artistic urges: to expand outward into a recreation of the panoramic epics of his youth and to contract inward into an intimate study of the individual human mind. Think of it as a hundred-million-dollar Taxi Driver.

    More here: medium.com/@scottsm589/the-power-and-pain-of-the-aviator-bdbf0bd30f0b?source=your_stories_page---------------------------

  • Mood Indigo

    Mood Indigo

    ★★★★½

    Michel Gondry’s followed his muse to many great successes in his career, but that muse has also led him some places the audience just won’t follow, resulting in his share of spectacular failures. And few are more spectacular, or bigger failures, than Mood Indigo, which is almost a case study in catastrophe. A beloved, eccentric novel as adapted by a beloved, eccentric auteur, stretching out over epic length (cut by nearly an hour for its American release) and filling every…

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  • Hunger

    Hunger

    ★★★★½

    One of the very first computer-animated films, and it's as trippy and disturbing as all get-out.
    Watch it here!
    www.nfb.ca/film/hunger

  • Excalibur

    Excalibur

    ★★★½

    I'm starting to see the breakdown of the ratings system. You've got one half ridiculous camp nonsense (who knew King Arthur was such a goober?) and one half crazy brilliant transcendent classic. So, uh, I kinda took the average.