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  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★★

    Dee Rees' slow-burning, intimate, novelistic drama Mudbound is a film that is often brutal, sometimes funny, occasionally heartbreaking, frequently hard to watch, regularly tender but always nothing less than bewildering, that is tailor-made to (rightfully so) get nominated for a handful of important Oscars.

    What an unforgettable experience this is. With palpable cinematography and authentic performances—Carey Mulligan and Jason Mitchell are most noteworthy in a cast filled with talented performers—Dee Rees drags us through the mud showing true bravura behind…

  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★

    Its unique look is undeniably brilliant, bewildering and ambitious (egoistic, too) and this film's main asset—as well as the only reason I'm giving this a passing grade—because the film's script is unbelievably poor; from the constant violent barrage of wooden expository dialogue, the uninvolving and punishingly protracted plot, to the flat characterizations.

    What an utmost disappointment Loving Vincent is. A film that's been advertised to death here in Holland (Oh, they're so proud a big movie's been released about one…

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  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★★

    With a truly evocative score, the gloomily beautiful, progressive silent-era masterpiece The Phantom Carriage wields a portentous and poetic screenplay, a tremendously despicable leading performance, and expressionistic direction, all done by the unbelievably talented Victor Sjöström, creating a deeply reflective, enthralling fairy-tale about life, love, death and morality.

    The expressionistically mournful Victor Sjöström, who also wrote and directed this magnificent film, delivers probably the best performance I've ever seen in a silent film, only to be rivaled by Maria Falconetti's…

  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    ★★★★★

    The Holy Mountain is an overwhelming display of genius in many forms, layered on top of each other; the scenery throughout the film ranges from all parts of the mind, a true journey from start to finish with everything from transcendentally fascinating, to utterly awe-inspiring in between.

    Oh no, oh please no, holy shit, what the f@#k, oh god, no don't.

    These are the words I silently uttered to myself the most while watching Alejandro Jodorowsky baffling The Holy Mountain.…