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  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    Season 1 and Season 2

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★

    Ryan Swen's Director's Cut

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  • After Earth

    After Earth

    ★★★★

    In the absence of the overt spirituality that often textures Shyamalan’s oeuvre, we find what is perhaps the director’s most explicitly philosophical work: a film that examines how worldviews function at the most immediate level of perception and action, and how metaphysics change our understanding of raw affect and thus how we respond to it. It’s quite simple: we have a story reduced to a template, a problem, and from this, we observe two approaches trying to solve it.

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  • Hello Destroyer

    Hello Destroyer

    ★★★★

    Long before I wanted to be a film critic my dream was to be a professional hockey player, and I can remember the exact moment that idea was implanted. Five-years-old seated in a spare dressing room at the Vancouver Canucks’ home rink, I was about to step on the ice for a scrimmage in front of thousands of people -- one of my most vivid early memories. My team was visited by the Canucks' healthy scratch for that evening, some…