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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I just watched this for the second time and it was better than I remembered it being. And that's saying something, because I remembered it being very, very good. This is Paul Thomas Anderson's best film by a significant margin, but going further, one could make the case that this is the greatest film ever made.

    I'm not going to do that because those kinds of declarations are fairly meaningless, but I will take a moment to say why I…

  • Art School Confidential

    Art School Confidential

    ★★★½

    During undergrad art school my classmates quoted and referenced this film incessantly, but despite being a fan of Dan Clowes I never got around to watching it until now, on the eve of my return to this strange dimension.

    Given that this is based on a short comic that has no plot or characters to speak of, I wasn't really sure what to expect beyond a few laughs, but I was pleased to find that the film is in fact…

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  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    God damn it but I am really angry and upset right now. I don’t know honestly why I have continued to watch Almodovar’s films despite such incredibly tone-deaf stories as Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, but this is my last one for sure. No amount of beautiful photography and good direction is going to redeem this film for me. I’ve had it with Almodovar’s incredibly simplistic and reductive understanding of gender and sexuality, and clearly he is not about…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★

    Beautifully written, beautifully acted. The explicit three-act structure works perfectly in the context of the story as well. The third act in particular I found incredibly moving, probably some of the best film writing that I've seen in recent memory.

    I was a bit disappointed in the shot composition and score, though, both of which seemed like an afterthought.

    But don't let that stop you from watching this one. The script and performances shouldn't be missed.