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  • Being John Malkovich

    Being John Malkovich

    ★★★½

    Being John Malkovich is director Spike Jonze’s comedic meditation on identity that deserves to be mentioned among the goods (not greats) of its kind.

    While never quite rising to the same level of insight as Lynch’s Mulholland Dr or Bergman’s Persona, the film does offer a refreshing respite from the dense psychological complexity of its peers while never coming off as too shallow. In fact, not even a script written by the notoriously grandiloquent Charlie Kaufman can keep this from…

  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★

    Is it just me, or is The Straight Story the most unapologetically, slightly above-average movie of all time? OK, I'll cut it some slack for being based on a true story. I can imagine director David Lynch and frequent collaborator Mary Sweeney (producer/co-writer) wanting to capture both the biographical accuracy of the real life story of Alvin and Lyle Straight, and the warm essence found in such a tale of familial dedication as precisely as the feature length form would…

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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Fantastic Mr. Fox

    ★★★★

    The first time I saw this film I had convinced my mom to rent it from Blockbuster way back in 2009. I was a kid back then, only 11 at the time. I remember liking the movie quite a bit, but not understanding a lot of it due to the world famous Wes Anderson style of dialogue, which manages to be even faster-paced and dryer here than in the rest of his filmography. This is most likely owed to the…

  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★★

    Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof is probably the most badass movie I have ever seen. How could it not be, though, with such brazen additions as Kurt Russell playing the foot-fetishizing maniac Stuntman Mike, a vintage muscle car death-race, and various colors and sizes of bodacious babes (three of which ended up being just as "badass" as they were "bodacious")?

    Let's get this part out of the way. Most of the characters in this adrenaline-pumped flick possess the depth of a…