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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Before Sunset
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Ikiru

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  • Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

  • Donnie Darko

    ★★★★½

  • The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    ★★★★½

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    Undeniable. A dark, gothic fable, both broad and nuanced in equal measure. Orson Welles is magnetic. I was expecting a masterfully written, directed, and edited film, which it is, but his lead performance as Kane was every bit as captivating.

  • Touch of Evil

    Touch of Evil

    ★★★

    Caught the 1998 reconstruction at the Cinematheque in Vancouver, yet despite that seemingly optimal viewing experience, I was largely underwhelmed by Touch of Evil. Everything that has been said about the opening oner is true, it's well executed and engaging. The film on the whole was very well shot, except for a bizarre abundance of out of focus shots, which unfortunately cast the movie in an amateur light. Orson Welles and Janet Leigh were both wonderful, but they were both…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    IMAX screening.

    It's no coincidence that we have collectively become fascinated with multiverse theory in the age of the internet. Postmodernists have long observed how an excess of information leads to an implosion of meaning, an idea that grows increasingly relevant. It seems our growing access to everything everywhere all at once has produced a specific kind of 21st century existential dread many have felt. I've felt it too. It's counter-intuitive: the more you look, the more lost you feel.…

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    This has been an extremely trying and dreadful year. Never before has it been so clear that I am alone, totally at the whim of forces I am powerless to control. Eventually, you cross a point beyond burnout, where you strain to remember a time when your engine was fueled to begin with.

    The artist that has helped me the most in getting through this year was Hayao Miyazaki.

    In career spanning decades, no one can touch the immaculate worlds…