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  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    It's not about people--this I've realized. Rather, Kubrick's Barry Lyndon is about animals--human animals whose sole intent is to flatter their own egos, to acquire a mate, to protect their kin, to arbitrarily preserve their lives. There are no humans in Barry Lyndon, and that's precisely the point.

    Stephen King once said that Stanley Kubrick's The Shining was like "looking at ants on an ant hill." Only now do I know what he meant. What made Kubrick the preeminent director…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    Luca Guadagnino is a great filmmaker not because of voice but because of technique. You don't just listen to and watch his films--the other 3 senses take precedence: you touch, smell, and taste (anyone whose witnessed the infamous "Peach Scene" from Call Me By Your Name can certainly vouch for the latter stimuli).

    It should only make immaculately perfect sense then that Guadagnino pursue Horror, perhaps his best-suited genre. Indeed, the guttural nature of his filmmaking works gangbusters upon the…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    I'd like to put this controversy to rest

    2001: A Space Odyssey is my personal favorite film, and I've heard similar statements from many others, however I can't help but notice a recurring asterisk at the end of most peoples' glowing reviews for this movie. Loads of cinephiles out there have given this movie 5 stars, showered it with praise, yet mentioned at the end of their reviews or spoken personally that this film was "not actually" one of their…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    The most central motivation for thoughtless and dangerous action is also that which governs our most primal instincts; Fear

    Fear of the uncertain and unknown, fear which can and will potentially change the comfortable reality which we desperately cling to, fear that we use as a weapon to deny ourselves of the future we hopefully deserve...
    And in a time of such cynicism, it's hard to see much positivity in the future.

    "Arrival," however, is a film with the bold…