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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Scorsese presents Frank Sheeran’s story organizing for the mafia and the teamsters union at the side of Jimmy Hoffa as an “old man’s war.” The film’s pacing is slower, but confident and self assured, and the decision to cast the gangsters with older actors for the full duration of the film, actors whose true age cannot be divorced from the younger men they are often playing, gives the mobsters an almost vampiric quality— there’s a feeling of a world out…

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Meet Me in St. Louis

    ★★★★

    “There’s nothing like it in the whole wide world.”

    The technicolor absolutely dazzles in this — color pallet was sublime. The Halloween sequence was particularly compelling.

  • Gangs of New York

    Gangs of New York

    ★★★★

    “That is what preserves the order of things. Fear.” ~ Bill The Butcher

  • Caché

    Caché

    ★★★★★

    “Kicking my ass won’t leave you any wiser about me, even if you beat me to death. But you’re too refined for that. Above all, you have too much to lose.”

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    A bizarre but compelling allegorical “ascent” into madness. Pattinson and Dafoe turn in great work.

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★

    Still mysterious and strange after all these years. The cast is great, the writing’s sharp, and the 80’s aesthetic is on point. Part time travel paradox, part super hero origin story, part religious allegory — the world building and imagination on display here are phenomenal.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★★

    Been an all time favorite since I first saw it on an overnight stay at my Aunt and Uncle’s house when I was six years old.

  • Army of Shadows

    Army of Shadows

    ★★★★★

    “To each his own struggles .”

  • Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon

    Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon

    ★★★★

    “I have death in my pouch. They can’t kill me.”

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    Not as good as the hype. Way better than the backlash. The film lives and dies on Phoenix’s performance, and he delivers a knock out.

  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★½

    “The goddamn regret.”

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    Only 27 ... and visions of Altman, Kubrick, and Scorsese dancing through his head.