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  • A Touch of Sin

    A Touch of Sin

    ★★★★

    "I'll smother you in money."

    A horse is cruelly whipped. A way of life is crumbling. A man enjoys money he doesn't deserve. Women are comdified. Men are bought off or knocked off. And the government is nearly invisible. As a result, four individuals are backed up against a wall, and they have little recourse but to shed blood.

    Jia Zhang-Ke's "A Touch of Sin" is at once a sprawling and intimate portrait of a society on the brink. Plagued…

  • Porco Rosso

    Porco Rosso

    ★★★★

    I’d much rather be a pig than a fascist.”

     Porco Rosso is reminiscent of Casablanca, with an exiled hero who claims no allegiance to king or country but to the spirit of freedom. In one scene, Porco can be seen standing on the steps above the bar like Humphrey Bogart at Rick’s Cafe. He even has a would be flame and romantic rival.

    But comparisons to Casablanca only go so far. The heart of Rosso is closer to that of…

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  • The Bookshop

    The Bookshop

    ★½

    Dreadfully unfocused and poorly executed.

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★½

    Mulligan, some would say, is the villain here, but that's a fundamental misreading. Dano directs the disintegration of the American family from a certain point of view, one that we are reminded of doesn't have the insight of life's many complications.

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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club

    ★★

    "My daughter had a friend named Max. She told me ‘Fight Club’ is his favorite movie. I told her never to talk to Max again.” - Dir. David Fincher on Fight Club

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

    "I don't remember" 

    Intimate in tone yet cosmic in scope. Profound yet comic. Quiet but full of meaning. David Lowery has created a near perfect cinematic experience utilizing visuals not volume. He accomplished this with lingering shots, long takes, a judicious use of words and an actor in a plain white sheet. Not many directors can claim that they created an existential cinematic triumph with so little but Lowery most certainly can.


    Ranked #1 in 2017 Ranked