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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "If you figure a way to live without serving a master, any master, then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

    There is a painful relatability to The Master. It challenges us to process our innermost doubts and regrets: the hazy uncertainty of our past and present, along with the overwhelming emptiness of our future. We have each faced our share of trials and tribulations in life,…

  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    "What's gotten into you, Baxter?"
    "Just following doctor's orders. I've decided to become a 'mensch'. You know what that means? A human being."

    You ever have that moment where the right film comes along at the right time? I have no words..... except to say that this destroyed me as few movies ever have. In a word: perfection.

    Note: After some time I can safely say that this movie was genuinely life-changing for me and may very well have actually saved…

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  • The Naked Kiss

    The Naked Kiss

    ★★★★

    “’I’m afraid our dance is over.‘
    ‘The music’s still playing...’”

    Beautiful faces telling beautiful lies. We’ve become so conditioned to the deception that the naked truth is like a shot of acid to the face. What are we without those false appearances, when all is laid bare? Rarely have I seen a film so fiery, perverse, and fundamentally unstable. Like the seams of Americana and celluloid itself are corroding on the screen. A sunny, smiley proto-Lynchian nightmare years before its…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★

    Malick is the beating heart of cinema. The way of nature and the way of grace, always they wrestle inside of us. If only every film that explored spirituality was this liberating and free and universal. Who lit this flame in us? What did you show me? Always we search for you.

    “Tell us a story from before we can remember.”

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "It'll be just like in the movies. We'll pretend to be someone else."

    What can really be said here? What can be said about this film that hasn't been repeated a billion times already on this site and elsewhere? I'm not sure, but I'm going to try my best to explain what this film means to me and the power that I feel it possesses.

    Mulholland Drive, simply put, is unforgettable. There are occasionally times throughout the film where, as…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    I don't say this lightly: this may be the scariest film ever made.

    One of my biggest pet peeves since I started getting into movies around 5 years ago was hearing that damn word over and over again: terrifying.

    “He gives a terrifying performance.”
    “What a terrifying villain!”
    “Did you see that part when that thing happened? Wow! That was terrifying!”

    This word is tossed around so often, used so overdramtically to describe anything the least bit uncomfortable or tense, that…