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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    I wanna specifically highlight Joe Pesci's performance. It's probably his best. Pesci's known for his hot-headed, psychopathic madmen who live like kings and die like villains, in gunshots to the neck and splatters of blood, but Russell Bufalino was known as "The Quiet Don," and Pesci follows suit. He gives such a reserved performance, what renders it even more impressive is that Pesci isn't playing as cold of a character as many people seem to believe. The pointer for me…

  • The Grandmother

    The Grandmother

    ★★★★

    Something that I genuinely love Lynch for is the mindset he offers to watching films, a mindset that I feel is becoming alien to a lot of viewers: watching the damn film. His films certainly can spawn multiple interpretations from any one person, which is part of the beauty, but these interpretations result from a blunt presentation of singular imagery. I guess it's particularly evident in this short film, as there's no dialogue and almost all beats in the story…

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★

    I won't admit that this is complete shit, because that's just not true. Well, it is of the first half. To make the nonsensical political jargon and dicking around on Tatooine go by faster, I like to study the film as a character study of the man behind it; where the hell WAS George Lucas? Is he still this far out down on Skywalker Ranch? Granted, something I didn't realize until the newest films came out was that this series…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★½

    I'm issuing a warning here. Everyone needs to stop being so mean to Shelley Duvall. She is just as good as Nicholson, who rightfully garners almost universal praise for his performance, yet is frequently cited as one of the film's biggest detractors. Stephen King can bash her all he wants, but here's what I would like you to do for a minute, if you could: imagine this film without her. Take a moment and picture those cold, cavernous long shots…