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  • Inherent Vice
  • Chinatown
  • JFK
  • Eyes Wide Shut

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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

  • The Iron Claw

    ★★★★½

  • Tenet

    ★★★★½

  • Drive-Away Dolls

    ★★★½

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  • To the Wonder

    To the Wonder

    ★★★★½

    With To the Wonder, Malick comes the closest that I’ve seen to recreating human experience through the cinematic language. Memories and thoughts mesh together with the present into the indistinguishable fabric of individual experience. Malick’s way of editing simulates how we think, how we look back in the past: not as a fluid narrative, but a montage of moments. The rapidity of the editing from one moment to the next, the relentlessness of time as days bleed into one another.…

  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★★★

    A story told by shot compositions. Characters framed with massive looming mountains and man-made structures behind them. The volcanoes just as dormant as the towns the characters wander in search of Anna, or in search of some sort of meaning in their lives, both of which have vanished into the air like vapor. Buildings from centuries ago still stand, now in a time barren of values or purpose. The world has changed, the characters have been left behind in a…

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that seeing this a week early in a completely full IMAX auditorium was one of the best cinematic experiences I’ve ever had. Watching this felt major. Films with such a massive scale made with this level of craftsmanship don’t come along often, and Dune Part 2 will enter the pantheon of the great achievements in blockbuster filmmaking. A sci-fi Lawrence of Arabia. The performances are great all around, but Chalamet really shines.…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★½

    I must perform a temporal pincer to tell my 2020 self that this movie actually kicks ass.

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  • A Short Film About Killing

    A Short Film About Killing

    ★★★★

    The colors and cinematography give this film such a nasty, eerie, and almost dystopian feel, which is perfect for a film that highlights a vile side of humanity.

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★

    I loved the camerawork and editing a lot, and the sequences where Jack is going back over the tapes reminded me of The Conversation. The story is well-written and engaging, but I felt like it lost its way a little bit towards the ending. The sequence where Jack is driving through the city is ridiculous and I don’t even know why it’s there.