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  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad

    ★★★★★

    Remains an unsurpassed milestone of cinema. Pretentious in the best possible sense and as uncompromisingly gothic as a Hieronymus Bosch portrait.

    The Shining could not exist without this, Eraserhead could not exist without this -- in fact David Lynch's entire filmography mightn't existed without this.

    One needn't look farther than the film's trailer to uncover Last Year at Marienbad's simple mantra: "You have all the pieces -- you must create the narrative yourself." It's like an ominous apartment with no…

  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    Llewyn Davis must be one of the least ingratiating characters in film history. He is tired and ragged, governed by principles so austere that even serenading a dinner table enrages his ethical character. His skin is so thick even grief can't reach the surface, and what makes Inside Llewyn Davis so masterful is that the Coens never let it.

    Much like their other masterpiece A Serious Man (likely their best film), Inside Llewyn Davis is a test of endurance and…

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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…