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  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★★

    A sick 8am, wake/sober you the fuck up, before work kinda flick...

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★½

    Denis Villeneuve the king of Hollywood? Holy shit... (Blade Runner 2049, Dune)

    This one's very Lynchian. Lots of tracking shots down empty hallways slowly panning over empty rooms. A mysterious key. Villeneuve is also indebted to Cronenberg, his Canadian godfather.

    Masterclass in psychologizing landscapes and narratives. The realities in this film are revealed like a magic trick.

    Look for the spiderweb motif throughout...

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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.