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  • F for Fake
  • Casino
  • The Shining
  • You Were Never Really Here

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  • Hard Eight

    ★★★★★

  • Magnolia

    ★★★★★

  • The Devil's Advocate

    ★★★

  • Blackhat

    ★★★★½

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  • Hard Eight

    Hard Eight

    ★★★★★

    Having now seen every single one of his feature films with the exception of Licorice Pizza, I think I can reliably say that I'm a Paul Thomas Anderson fanboygirl. Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel Jackson, and of course Philip Seymour Hoffman all put in some absolutely incredible performances. There's so much to love here: the photography and how the camera can glide around, the texture of each scene that you can hear and feel, the pacing…

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    PTA's always great at constructing characters and then exploring what makes them tick, lighting each scene in a way that seems like its only the objects on screen providing that light, different lamps casting shadows and illuminating characters in different ways in each scene. Death and its interplay with sex are the overarching motifs of this film, present throughout. The film is carried by an unbelievabley packed cast that includes Tom Cruise's pick-up-artist guru Frank Mackey, a pseudo-Nietzschean rock star…

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  • JFK

    JFK

    ★★★★½

    "Who did the president, who killed Kennedy, fuck man! It's a mystery! It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma! The fuckin' shooters don't even know!"

    The Church Democrat's Manifesto: JFK himself and Camelot Mythology generally are secondary concerns compared to the matter of the Assassination, the modern Osiris myth and the domestic fascist conspiracy which orchestrated it. Turns out this fascist conspiracy is also Extremely Gay in that Southern New Orleans kind of way, which results in…

  • Nixon

    Nixon

    ★★★★★

    A political epic of unparalleled proportions, centered around one of the most fascinating and complex figures in American history. In the popular imagination, Nixon is the archetypal "corrupt politician," and while Stone pulls no punches with his complicity in numerous scandals, conspiracies, and backroom dealings, he makes it clear that he is ultimately at the mercy of something larger that by the time of Watergate considers him no longer useful. Anthony Hopkins is perfect as the foul-mouthed and paranoid yet…