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  • Mad Max: Fury Road
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  • Them

    ★★½

  • The Load

    ★★★½

  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    ★★★½

  • In the Soup

    ★★★

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    Merry freakin' Christmas. 

    The critic to audience disparity for this on Rotten Tomatoes is hilariously huge (I must be a filthy snob, as I nearly always find myself on the critic's side when this happens). I'll add my vote to the praise column on this one. It's thematically dense and thought provoking, has great performances, an engaging visual aesthetic and feel, and I really enjoy the way Lowery continues to treat time as a strange, non linear space (though A…

  • The Set-Up

    The Set-Up

    ★★★★★

    "Don't ya see Bill, you're always one punch away."

    Robert Wise's The Set-Up is the story of Stoker, a boxer widely considered to have left his best years behind him at the age of 35. He has a shot at a 23 year old kid who he truly believes that he can beat, and that when he does he will finally get his chance at the title. There's just one problem - no one else believes he can win. His wife…

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  • Them

    Them

    ★★½

    Them follows a young couple who live in a cavernous home in the middle of a rural countryside as they are tormented by mysterious strangers in a night of terror. 

    The home is a great location to play around with. It's wide open and seemingly never ending chain of rooms, attics and hallways leave many places for unseen dangers to lurk. The vastness helps make it feel like an impossible to defend place. And though the budget is often a…

  • The Load

    The Load

    ★★★½

    "Once you start driving, there's no stopping."

    During the bombing of Kosovo by NATO in 1999, Vlada (Leon Lucev) takes his third run as a truck driver for less than savoury characters with the expectation that he not ask or check on whatever cargo he is hauling. Along the way he picks up a young man in need of a life and, despite instructions, they make some stops along the way. 

    What follows is a creeping, haunting tour of stunningly…

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  • In the Soup

    In the Soup

    ★★★

    "Correct me if I'm wrong, but I love you always sounds fresh to me. Just depends on who's sayin' it."

    Down and out loser Adolpho Rollo (Steve Buscemi) scrapes by from month to month scrabbling to pay the rent. He dreams of making his unwieldy, pretentious script into a film and winning the heart of Angelica (Jennifer Beals), the woman next door. This seems like an impossibility until one day he meets enigmatic mystery man Joe (Seymour Cassel) who agrees…

  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson

    ★★★½

    "The last thing a man wants to do is the last thing he does."

    Altman deconstructs not only the Western film genre here but also the modern mythologized conception of the Western frontier. Unsurprisingly, the two intersect on common ground. A lot of things we take as orthodox and unchallengeable are shown to be the social inventions they are. The best example comes when we hear The Star Spangled Banner announced as something Buffalo Bill believes will become the national…