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  • Krisha

    Krisha

    ★★★★

    Dan you were right! This film is like a pot of hot boiling water. Although there were many shots that looked like the director was saying "hey guys! look what I just learned in film school," the narrative was such a deep and visceral look at addiction and the complicated family dynamics that result because of it, that I easily overlooked the more amateurish aspects of the filmmaking. John Cassavetes would approve.

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    "Gentlemen of the court, there are times when I'm ashamed to be a member of the human race and this is one such occasion." In what is by far his finest hour, Stanley Kubrick brings the fireworks by pitting an honorable and righteous Kirk Douglas up against two of the most despicable villains ever put on screen (go to hell, Broulard and Mireau!). *Fun fact: Paths of Glory is both my and John McCain's favorite war movie of all time.

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  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★½

    James Gray is without a doubt the best and most vital American filmmaker in cinema today. Going way outside his comfort zone of intimate New York-set dramas, Gray has created an adventurous and epic Amazonian tale of discovery, love and obsession. The Lost City of Z is exceptionally moving, beautifully lensed by Darius Khondji and features an extraordinary cast (Hunnam, Miller, Holland and Pattinson all give career-best performances). I sort of wish that Gray had made films in the 1970's instead; a decade that would have seen him thrive alongside Scorsese and Coppola and where his very specific talents would have been greatly appreciated.

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    Like a fever-induced nightmare slowly creeping into one's consciousness, Under the Skin stays in your head and doesn't ever leave. Jonathan Glazer's undisputed masterpiece is not just utterly sumptuous on a visual level but thematically as well. Intricately using the female gaze better than any other film in recent memory, it unpacks a pandora's box of ideas in relation to humanity and gender roles. Glazer subverts whatever assumptions we might have about the female experience and sets them loose in the pitch-black Scottish roads.