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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

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    Added to: 2018 Ranked, A24 Ranked, Leo's 200+ Top Favorites & Masterpieces of the 21st Century

    I think it’s fair to say at this point it’s unnecessary to say this film was painfully relatable to me. The fact that this film has been received with so much love, is a clear sign of the bucketloads of universally applicable truth that fills it. Bo Burnham, once a goofy YouTuber, then a standup comedian and now finally a film director, only needs 90…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

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    Added to: 2018 Ranked

    Mandy is exactly the kind of maddening, schlocky piece of cinema that a man like Nicholas Cage needed. After years of revving up Hollywood with his maniacal performances, his career got into a rut and we started to see less and less of him. Suddenly this film comes along, the kind of film that has something of everything in it.

    Courtesy of Panos Cosmatos, director of 2010’s Beyond the Black Rainbow, Mandy tells the tale of…

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  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

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    Added to: John Cassavetes Ranked

    A sleazy noir character drama of one man and his bad decisions. It's quite light on the dialogue when compared to other Cassavetes films I've seen and I guess that's why I like this a little less. I love how his dialogue is able to deepen his characters. Here the film is more of an experience piece as we follow a nightclub owner trying to solve his gambling addictions by killing the titular bookie. It's…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

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    Atmospherically Candyman knocks it right out of the park. An urban setting but with the mystery of an ancient folktale - as far as originality goes there are few horror gems like this out there. Too bad the mystery doesn't hold up too well. As with all great horror or mystery stories, things work best when not too much is really revealed and with Candyman a lot gets revealed. Nonetheless, the deepening of the legend around this minor horror icon…

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