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  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★★

    The concept of an unreliable narrator and multiple perspectives is absolutely brilliant. Kurosawa’s use of the camera here is sublime as well (he’s the first one to directly point the camera into the sun), and his use of the flashback is incredible. The best thing about this film is just the sheer talent on display in terms of blocking and setting up a scene. Kurosawa had complete command of his craft. The way the same event is restaged in a…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★

    Although I think it sometimes gets a bit side-tracked by trying so hard to be both a spiritual sequel to Kubrick’s film and Stephen King’s material, Doctor Sleep walks a tricky tight rope to deliver a surprisingly chilly and effective film. Mike Flanagan continues to prove himself as one of the best horror auteurs working today. It’s a visceral and stunningly shot film that deals with some weighty themes that pleasantly surprised me. The character work and atmosphere here is…

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  • Terminator: Dark Fate

    Terminator: Dark Fate

    ★★★

    It's immediately the best sequel since T2 (but is that saying anything at all?). They decided to go with a mix of The Force Awakens story recycling and Halloween 2018 by completely ignoring the previous installments and their convoluted continuity. I'm glad to say that it (mostly) works and if you're a fan of the franchise like I am (even the bad ones), it is quite refreshing to finally see a cohesive and competent return to this world.

    The return…

  • El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

    ★★★★

    "Dude, you're on fire."

    Jesse Pinkman gets a nearly perfect epilogue in this briskly paced, well-shot, and tense movie from writer-director Vince Gilligan. I think we've all learned to just trust the guy at this point. He knows this world inside out and has proved it time and time again. Aaron Paul fits back into the role of Jesse so seamlessly and gives an excellent performance that asks quite a bit of him in terms of range. It was a…