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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★

    Death metal double album that does well by getting all Cage-y in a final act that really couldn't have done it without him.

    Heaping smorgasbord of styles and imagery, working on an easel very much its own...for better or worse.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★

    Upset to say this is my introduction to Lee Chang-dong. 

    Drank an entire pot of coffee this morning and sweated out the tension as this thing built. 

    It’s good.

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  • The Aviator

    The Aviator

    ★★★★★

    I know I'm in the minority with my opinion that The Aviator is Martin Scorsese's absolute best movie in over twenty years, probably since Goodfellas. It's a jaw-dropping marvel to witness in all aspects of filmmaking.

    There isn't a single performance that misses the mark (unless you really want to count Gwen Stefani), the score by Howard Shore is one of his absolute best, the visual effects are tasteful, the cinematography is gorgeous and graceful, and the subject Howard Hughes…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★★★★

    No film this year took me by bigger surprise than Silver Linings Playbook, a dazzling romantic comedy featuring the type of dysfunctional people that reside in David O. Russell's wheelhouse as a filmmaker. Not since Three Kings and Flirting With Disaster has he been so in tune with his strengths, and it resulted in what might be his crowning achievement.

    As much as both The Fighter and I Heart Huckabees are enormously appreciated by most people, I found each of…