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  • The Visitor

    The Visitor

    ★★★★

    The Visitor defense force activated!!

    The rapturous delirium and outlandish cinematic achievement, "The Visitor", features Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, and Sam Peckinpah (acting!). It also features notable genius director John Huston as an intergalactic detective out to save an immensely powerful little shit of a telekinetic eight-year-old girl from the evil psychic alien who has possessed her since birth, in a battle between God and the Devil, with Franco Nero playing the cosmic Jesus Christ. I know... amazing!…

  • Window Water Baby Moving

    Window Water Baby Moving

    ★★★★★

    I saw this at a Stan Brakhage retrospective in the theater. During the film a man had a stroke in the otherwise silent room. Someone began to call out for a doctor. The screening was stopped. They called an ambulance. They took the man from the theater and into the lobby and restarted the film but eventually we could hear the ambulance siren approaching out on the street and then the paramedics in the lobby. All because this film is completely silent. Silent cinema leaves space for life. Apart from that, the film itself is one of my favorite movies ever made.

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  • Alien Beasts

    Alien Beasts

    ★★★★★

    I am finally hip to the Daniel Johnson of filmmaking.

    I've found only one reference down in the bowels of the internet to Carl J. Sukenick's struggle with mental illness but it's incredibly obvious to me that this is legit mondo art therapy made by a purely-intentioned human being.

    The movie swings wildly from inane earthly incompetence to promethean vision over the course of its 72 minutes. The first half was rough going, and all I thought while watching was,…

  • The Young Master

    The Young Master

    ★★★½

    Director Jackie Chan and DP Ching-Chu Chen work the shit out of the zoom in/out technique to the point of intentional hilarity in this almost completely Goof-Fu flick that features only the barest of plots to hang a seemingly endless amount of fight sequences on.

    There's no character development, no training that Jackie has to go through to reach his full potential, no new technique he must master if he is going to win the day. Just a series of…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    Come for DaFoe's amazing grumpy elderly Popeye performance, stay for the outstanding photography, incredible character dynamics, and fluid intersection of cosmic, folkloric, and psychological horror.

    Seeing this on the big screen, staring straight into those wild wide grey eyes and giant human faces as they slip from sanity is an extremely powerful experience. A top five movie of the year for me.

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    “Have you ever read War And Peace?”

    What happens when a filmmaker with complete command over their craft allows themselves four hours and a two act structure to tell their story?

    They get space, so much space. Space to allow each sequence to play out in a measured temporal drift. Space to live in the smallest details. Space for nuance and unspoken truths. Space to make a towering socio-political statement without once laboring the politics of the piece.

    Because these…