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  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★★½

    I watched this way too young and it scared the shit out of me. Now it's been fifteen years since I last saw Predator and it's hitting even harder than I ever knew it could.

    Now it reads like a violent, methodical, And surgically precise takedown of masculinity itself. It reads like a spring loaded trap set to symbolically disembowel the American imperial military machine. It reads a hell of a lot smarter than it appears at first glance, because it is.

    Of course, beyond all that, it's still a rip roaring action-horror hybrid that fucks with any and all competition thirty years on.

  • American Animals

    American Animals

    ★★★★

    This is a time machine to 2003, perfectly distilling my own experience and hopes for the world as a white college kid at the turn of the century, desperately pining for big, artistic, higher than normal life transformational experiences but not willing to put in the hard, boring work required to affect real change in the real world. Influenced by movies and music, seeing shortcuts that don't exist, and letting privilege blind me to the very real pitfalls of trying…

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  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    David Lynch's grand masterpiece. If this counts, it's the greatest film of 2017 by a long shot.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    I knew it'd be intelligent, and I knew it'd be subtly beautiful, but I had no idea that it would kick me with a perfect mixture of heady thoughtfulness and hearty emotion. It's the kind of experience that elevates a film from good to great, when the emotions feel earned and hit accordingly hard, in perfect concert with the ideas being conveyed.

    Arrival is a science fiction movie that feels more like a vivisection of humanity. The story concerns itself…