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  • Talk Radio

    Talk Radio

    ★★★★½

    Watching Talk Radio in 2017 is a weird experience. The film should feel hopelessly dated, what with even its basic plot details, as well as its references to “topical” things like Vietnam and Ted Bundy. It should feel like a relic of the ‘80s. A cinematic window into a half-forgotten past. But instead, for better or worse, Oliver Stone crafted something that still feels eerily relevant nearly 30 years after its release.

    The film follows Barry Champlain, a Dallas-based talk…

  • Blue Jay

    Blue Jay

    ★★★★½

    Blue Jay is, in some ways, a very simple film. With just two actors on screen for almost the entire runtime, a black-and-white colour palette, and an almost non-existent narrative, it’s a masterclass in barebones cinema. Think of a quiet, low-budget indie film. Now think of a film even more stripped down than that, and you have something approximating Blue Jay.

    However, it’s also a film that is a bit difficult to describe. The plot is simple – two former…

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  • Mud

    Mud

    ★★★★½

    You may not think you need another small-town America coming-of-age indie, but believe me, you definitely need Mud.

    This hazy drama tells the story of two 14-year-old boys, Ellis and Neckbone (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) who live in an Arkansas fishing community. One day, they stumble on the mysterious, alluring Mud (Matthew McConaughey) and inadvertently get tied up with his shady past by agreeing to help Mud get in touch with the girl he loves (Reece Witherspoon).

    The plot…

  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★★★

    Signs is a film that just never gets old for me. This was my fourth viewing, and I approach it a slightly different way each time. The first time I saw it was at a birthday party when I was twelve, and it scared the absolute crap out of me. Seriously, I had nightmares for a couple of nights afterwards based on the birthday party newscast scene alone. It wasn't a particularly enjoyable viewing experience for someone with virtually no…