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  • La Notte
  • New Rose Hotel
  • His Motorbike, Her Island
  • Miami Vice

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  • Fast X

  • A History of Violence

  • Panic Room

  • Ms .45

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  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    The greatest war film ever made, the greatest anti-war film ever made, and simply one of the finest pieces of cinema of all time. There is little for these soldiers to discover at the opposite end of the world, beyond terror, agony, profound loneliness, and the overwhelming indifference of a world that was there long before them and will be there long after they leave. Any peace or glory is not found through nation or ideology, but in the friend…

  • Heat

    Heat

    No man is an island, but if you have a home that has been stripped of all material ephemera, and gives the illusion of being engulfed by the entire ocean, you might come within glancing distance.

    This is maybe the fourth or fifth time I’ve watched ‘Heat’, a film I have always considered good, but it took me until this rewatch to realise just how obscenely good it is: not a second of it’s sprawling running time feels extraneous, not…

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  • Fast X

    Fast X

    This cost over $100,000,000 more than the entire John Wick series combined.

    It stars the same amount of Oscar winners as The Godfather.

  • Ms .45

    Ms .45

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

    “Sistaaaa…”

    A significant step up for Ferrara following the fascinating and unfocused Driller Killer, and a clear indication he would leave 95% of his exploitation peers in the dust. One of the most notorious rape-revenge shockers ever made, but one which transcends the simple, repugnant thrills, reactionary politics, and queasy titillation the label often implies. Crucially though, even as he transcends the ostensible limits of the genre, he never acts like he’s above it; feet in the gutter with arms…

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  • The Mask

    The Mask

    It’s funny until it isn’t. One of the saddest, scariest, loneliest things I’ve ever seen. Human suffering as spectacle, absorbed and fragmented through infinite screens until you can abstract it away. O’Malley is one of the few filmmakers to meet the darkest realities of the digital age on their own deranged, obnoxious, horrifying terms.

    Free to watch on YouTube. Best watched on a phone or laptop in the dark.

  • Madame Web

    Madame Web

    To clear the room of elephants. Yes, the final product reeks of post-production nightmare, but I don’t care much about ADR or anachronisms in a film this goofy; the Pepsi stuff is shameless but not significantly more egregious than the average blockbuster; the way it ties itself in knots to not say specific spider related names or iconic lines felt pretty funny and self-aware to me.

    Right, good.

    A film for people who would rather watch The Phantom than The…