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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    Slumdog Millionaire


    You know, this movie got an overabundance of praise from the Academy when it was new, but watching almost a decade later, it's clearly way better than its subsequent backlash would suggest.

    It's a Danny Boyle movie and, crucially, one of his most energetic works. It springs with the same cadence as Trainspotting, and its darker moments hover near the depths of that addiction caper, but it's a more pure, innocent, almost fairy tale-like film. And it works very well in that framework. This is a story of self-mythology on a grand scale, literal rags-to-riches in a tightly edited, exotically shot, increasingly tense romantic thriller.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi


    [third viewing] Laura Dern with purple hair SLAYS. This is the best non-original-trilogy Star Wars movie. Fight me.

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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



    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…