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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    All PTA films have that hypnotic quality to them that uses it formal meticulousness to lull you into a fugue state where it can spring anything on you and have you be enchanted by it. Here he slowly enraptures with Phantom Thread's gorgeous design and effortlessly beautiful cinematography to acclimate you to one of the most bizarre domestic situations ever committed to film. Anderson drives home the feel of being an item with an Artist with such poignancy that the…

  • Scandal

    Scandal

    ★★½

    A tad soft around the edges, Kurosawa is not exactly capable of handling a legal drama with any lasting effect. It has tangible moments of humility and humanity tossed into its ruminations on freedom of the press versus privacy, but those moments don't absolve the hesitance he shows when he he has to sit down and deal with his subject matter. The rag sheet is so clearly in the wrong and the presented case is ripe for potential to be…

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★½

    Never has there been a movie that is so vulgar and yet so audaciously beautiful. Refn's Neon Demon does everything in it's power to confront your ideas of aesthetics and completely invert them to a new classification the likes of which have not been approached since the glossy works of Dario Argento. Salacious and exploitative. Gruesome and utterly disturbing. Refn has made the type of film that makes one reconsider their taste and reevaluate what they believe is "too much"…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    Straight up not a gimmick. Draining the colour adds so much to the texture of this film. It gives the makeup such definition. The vistas such imposing scope. The fire and rubble such dynamic detail. Ridding one of the more colourful action films of the past two decades of its glorious palette would seem like an exercise in futility.

    But somehow, this might be better.