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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★½

    nolan's most complete vision since MEMENTO. extremely well executed. tastefully done. heartbreaking, like war itself.

    HOT TAKE: better than SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, with the same potential to steal the best director oscar from PTA. in the same breath, not as good as THE THIN RED LINE. man, i wish my criterion dvd of that were still intact. alas, another fallen soldier.

    in all seriousness, i found this film to be quite moving. the five minute trailer is the best thing…

  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    The flick that started it all 4 me! <3

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    Someday, I dream of going to an Under the Skin/Ex Machina double feature.

    Aimed squarely at Google, this film warns of the powers of information and intelligence. Oscar might just get a nomination for his turn as the alcoholic CEO.

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    An American epic. Capitalism battles religion and its own self-destructive tendencies, in a metaphorical sense. Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day Lewis) is a misanthropic oil tycoon who buys up a California town, clashing with its charismatic young priest (Paul Dano).

    Technical aspects are executed to perfection. Robert Elswit's cinematography, frequently realized at the magic hour, mixes well with Johnny Greenwood's melancholy score. "Prospector's Arrive" sets my favorite montage. This may be PTA's masterpiece.