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  • Smithereens

    ★★½

  • King of New York

    ★★★★½

  • Reflections of Evil

    ★★★★★

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★★★★

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  • Smithereens

    Smithereens

    I really wanted to like this more than I did because I love this period of NYC history, love the soundtrack, and love Richard Hell but there are too many problems that drag it down.

    Susan Berman kills it as Wren, but unfortunately Wren is so thoroughly unlikable that it makes it difficult to really care what happens to her. I think this would have been outweighed if the supporting cast were more sympathetic but Paul is a huge loser…

  • King of New York

    King of New York

    ★★★★½

    Abel Ferrara is becoming one of my favorite directors in a way someone like Samuel Fuller does. Does he create perfect, high concept cinema? No and thank God because that would be boring.

    Ferrara synthesizes many influences ranging from genre schlock to Catholicism to exploitation to a view of New York that's the most compelling thing you'll see this side of Scorsese.

    Walken owns this role and this movie. There are too many batshit lines and shots to even call…

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  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    This to me is the culmination of Lynch's decades of work. If it does indeed end up being his final film, it's an appropriate one because there really isn't anywhere for him to go after this. Twin Peaks: The Return was excellent television and you can see Inland Empire's fingerprints on it. But as a self-contained 3 hour story, this can stand as his final statement.

    You can see bits of everything he's done in this beginning with his surreal,…

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★★★★

    The best character study film ever made.

    I'm only being a little hyperbolic. But, yes, this is one of those movies that after its over you have to sit with yourself to mull over what it is you just watched. There are slowburns and then there is Jeanne Dielman. Over the course of 3+ hours you stick with the titular character, her son, and the Johns that come through that help pay the bills without ever leaving her apartment. The…