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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

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    I love the score from Jonny Greenwood. It's moody, it's VERY Greenwood and elevates the dream-like quality of the film. Joaquin Phoenix is the embodiment of a violent lost soul here and I did like the subjective nature of it all. Did he really go through with everything or not? I guess that's up to the viewer.

    With references to films like Taxi Driver and Drive the only issue I had with it is I connected more with those films. For me, they are both more satisfying cinematic experiences. Never-the-less, You Were Never Really Here packs both a visceral and understated punch to the gut.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

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    I see this entering a lot of "Best of 2018" lists and I can totally see why that might be but ultimately I found it super bleak to really shake or appeal to me in any way. It is however well crafted, smartly written, and features a very good performance from Ethan Hawke.

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  • Swingers

    Swingers

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    I have fond, fond memories of Swingers.

    Swingers is one of these experiences you had to have when it first came out. As a late teenager at the time (closer to my twenties), what Vince and Jon do in this movie was pretty much what I was doing (except the whole Vegas thing and saying 'beautiful babies' a lot). Hanging out with friends, trying to look cool, going to new clubs and bars, buying expensive drinks (or stealing others at…

  • The Science of Sleep

    The Science of Sleep

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    Gondry is in complete control with The Science of Sleep. He wrote and directed this absolute wonder of a film. You can feel his playful energy in every frame, with Gael GarcΓ­a Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg throwing themselves into Gondry's head and really understanding his vision.

    It's filmmakers like Gondry, who when they have total ownership over their material, make you see the pure magic that cinema can provide. Glorious!