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  • The Tree of Life
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Children of Men
  • Andrei Rublev

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  • Watcher

    ★★★½

  • Psycho II

    ★★★

  • Life of Crime: 1984-2020

    ★★★★

  • Chained

    ★★½

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  • The Humans

    The Humans

    ★★★★½

    “Don’t you think it should cost less to be alive?”

    Pair A24’s The Humans with A24’s Krisha if you’re looking to fall into a void of Thanksgiving despair. 

    As many other reviewers have mentioned, stage to film adaptations can be very hit or miss, and are usually downright unnecessary. But The Humans utilizes a variety of cinematic elements that only this medium can bring. The camera lingers on shots: whether it be objects that appear to be seen through blurred…

  • Last and First Men

    Last and First Men

    ★★★★½

    A visual meditation detailing mankind’s uncertain future on this planet.

    Texture upon texture of behemoth crumbling structures denote a swan song tone poem of human existence told through a sci-fi lens.

    I was hypnotized. And I was also frightened. Something about Jóhannsson‘s essay style art piece struck something deeply existential and cryptic within myself. The gut, almost primordial feeling that is the futility of struggling to push on within an indifferent universe.

    Mankind has taken the splendors of the Earth…

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  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    A little boy went out to play. When he opened his door, he saw the world. As he passed through the doorway, he caused a reflection. Evil was born. Evil was born, and followed the boy.

    Make no mistake, Inland Empire is Lynch’s truest “horror” film. This film gets under my skin more than most.

    It’s like a mosaic that’s been shattered into a million pieces. As you are on your hands and knees scrambling to piece it back together,…

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★★★

    To quote John Waters, who sums this up perfectly:

    “The best sexploitation film of the year has Disney tween starlets hilariously undulating, snorting cocaine, and going to jail in bikinis. What more could a serious filmgoer possibly want?“

    Not much more needs to be said than this. Spring Breakers is my favorite Korine film by far - and my favorite to revisit, partially due to the fact that it was shot in my hometown. 

    Not only is it a scathing commentary on…