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  • Bad

    Bad

    ★★★★½

    I don't often review things twice on this website, but on what is probably my third or fourth viewing, I have realized that Martin Scorsese's Bad afforded his main star, pop legend Michael Jackson, something he never really got later on in his career: a chance to act truly dramatically. Michael's most successful tango with the cinema being his own Moonwalker production that proved more an extension of the cinematic escapism of his musical short films from the past decade,…

  • Rhythm Nation 1814

    Rhythm Nation 1814

    ★★★½

    By the 1980s, the surname "Jackson" had been elevated from an R&B institution to a global pop phenomenon. Rhythm Nation 1814 cements and furthers this reputation in this mini-motion picture devoted to sister Janet Jackson's landmark 1989 album of the same name. Directed and shot in jaw-dropping industrial detail by Dominic Sena, the film showcases three excellent routines set to three excellent tracks with a narrative through line surrounding two young boys whose lives are brutally interrupted. If there is…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    WHAT. A. FILM./10

    My first actual theater experience of 2019 (always go to theaters late in the year, idk), and what an experience it was. Dafoe and Pattinson are impeccable in Robert Eggers's sophomore feature, The Lighthouse. The grim pastoral Dreyeresque qualities of The VVitch are melded into a maritime setting and an expressionist grandeur that recalls everything from Murnau to Laughton's Night of the Hunter. The descent into madness is so mesermizing I couldn't leave my seat. Every frame…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★★

    Instead of a fuller review, I just wanted to take a moment to speak on one key element of Manhunter that I adore: the atmosphere. From its lush analog synths to Dante Spinotti's blend of intense color & tenebrous lighting, what Michael Mann has made here is a beast of a film unlike any other. I don't think I've ever been as haunted by a film as I have with Manhunter. It gets under your skin, embracing you all the while.…