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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    I wish more horror films were like John Carpenter's The Thing. It's been said a million times before, but the terror of The Thing does not lie in its gore, jump scares, or soundtrack (which I might add is subtle and greatly effective here). Its terror lies in its story, its characters, and their interactions. Human interaction. What could be more terrifying? After all, we know there are no such things as shapeshifting monsters that can assume the form of…

  • The Ballad of Cleopatra

    The Ballad of Cleopatra

    ★★★★★

    So I want to write a little about this in the hopes that you will take 25 minutes and watch it. It's a visual album for my favorite band The Lumineers, and it's also a great work of visual art. This film is about a woman's whole life. It captures the moments of joy, pain, sorrow, regret, and freedom. As Cleopatra drives the taxi, she is taken back to all the times in her life, through dreams, through memories sparked…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I tried my absolute best to avoid reading reviews and watching trailers before seeing this. I ended up seeing the trailer in a theater, and I couldn't avoid the twitter chatter about how "wild", "insane", "WTF" the third act was. I've seen Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan. I didn't think anything he could make after those could parallel the disturbing level those films reached. I thought I was ready. I thought I wouldn't be shocked. Well, I was…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★★

    One of the best films I've ever seen. Affleck and Pitt are perfect. Roger Deakins captures the story in subtle magnificence. Dominik's direction makes quick, tense work out of its 160 minute runtime. Great, moving, truly epic. Seeing this in cinemas was a monumental delight, happy 10 years to this masterpiece.