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  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★★

    NEWVEMBER #23

    This month, I decided to watch nothing but movies I haven't seen before, with one crucial exception. No repeats; just movies that are new to me.

    What I find so fascinating about Tarkovsky is how tightly controlled he is even at his most inscrutable. Even when I'm baffled, Tarkovsky's control of image and sound is almost molecular.

    Still, my plebian brain found the pace excruciating at times. It's frequently stunning, but as with Tarkovsky's other work, I'm going to need a rewatch before I can begin to process what I saw.

  • The Hit

    The Hit

    ★★★★

    NEWVEMBER #22

    This month, I decided to watch nothing but movies I haven't seen before, with one crucial exception. No repeats; just movies that are new to me.

    Wonderfully stylish crime movie with a knockout cast, some great twists and turns and stunning performances. I can't believe the same guy who directed this also directed Florence Foster Jenkins.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★

    Some of the most remarkable imagery I've ever seen, and I was antsy about an hour in. Fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. Jonathan Glazer is a genius, and I'll probably never see any of his films twice.

  • The Candy Snatchers

    The Candy Snatchers

    ★★★½

    NEWVEMBER #19

    This month, I decided to watch nothing but movies I haven't seen before, with one crucial exception. No repeats; just movies that are new to me.

    On one hand, some of the acting and direction is weird and bizarre and terrible, but on the other hand, the film's downright strange moments and twisty-turny plot are a sight to behold. EVERY adult in this movie is reprehensible...even the kidnap victim's parents!

    David Raposa compared this to Bay of Blood,…