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  • August 32nd on Earth

    August 32nd on Earth

    ★★★

    It is primarily the acting chemistry that sells the slight, somewhat clichéd narrative of August 32nd on Earth; nevertheless, it's an encouraging debut for Villeneuve, whose skill as a writer and director is on full display.

    Ranked #6 of 8 as directed by Denis Villeneuve.

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★½

    For a first exposure to Twin Peaks, Lynch's Fire Walk with Me plays more like a soft-core Lifetime movie than surreal, erotic, Cronenbergian horror, with its bland performances and borderline incoherent story.

    Watched for Enter the Void (season 5).

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★½

    Voyeuristic pleasures abound in first-time writer/director Dan Gilroy's sleek and stylish Nightcrawler, a darkly comedic rags to riches story centered around a sociopathic opportunist who is nothing short of mesmerizing.

    Listed among favorites of 2014.

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★

    The tantalizing and divisive Eyes Wide Shut commits an utterly electrifying 20 minutes to film, but surrounds it with 2+ hours of repetitive, drawn out dialogue—it strangely both encourages and discourages repeat viewings.

    Ranked #8 of 13 as directed by Stanley Kubrick.