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  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ★★★★½

    What a special film--this unique vision has hints of the Coen and Lynch, but it really is Vincent Gallo's unique vision, featuring a great performances by himself (a down-on-his-luck type who just gets out of jail) and Christina Ricci. Really everyone here, including his parents (Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazzara) are completely committed to Gallo's vision of an anti-social sort. The flourishes here put you in a headspace that is perfectly in line with the character and the vision.

    If you haven't seen this great indie from the 90s, you're missing out.

  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

    ★★★½

    Energetic, expertly edited, maybe a bit hollow, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels is a ton of fun, and probably Ritchie's best film. The cast sells it, as they all collide to the inevitable bloody end of miscommunication and bad luck.

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  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★★

    #90sMarathon

    There isn't much more for me to say about this film-- most of it has already been said and better than I could. It's such a beautiful look at the roles we play in our day to day, and the collision between art and "reality", whatever that is. This docudrama is one of the great Iranian films, one of the great 90s films, no. It's one of the great films.

    Here is what I wrote about it for Abandoned…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

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

    Arrival is a science fiction film about how the journey is more important than the destination. Really Arrival is about both--the journey and the destination, hence its title.

    But it's a tricky title, because it also seems to imply the arrival of the aliens to our world. It's a time old tale, but this film has a unique spin. Denis Villeneuve and his team give this film the sense of craft and gravitas he offered Sicario last year--great cinematography, sound…