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  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★★★

    Byron Kennedy and George Miller were absolute animals. Mad Max was a different kind of beast. It's about failing institutions of power. It's about being the dying symbol of a dead world. It's about a post-apocalyptic realignment of power. It's about being darkly transformative. It's about bearing witness to a new regime of strength. It's about facing the Absurd.

    It's about cool cars.

    It's about shotguns and mythos.

    It's about the world's best action hero.

    I'm a sucker for daring…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    ”Power is everywhere: not because it embraces everything, but because it comes from everywhere.... Power is not an institution, nor a structure, nor a possession. It is the name we give to a complex strategic situation in a particular society.”

    -Michel Foucault

    As the username MadZack should very strongly imply, the Mad Max series of films represent my favorite cinematic franchise. The films are simply fun - the most fun you can have with your clothes on. They’re explosive, littered…

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  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    I haven't written anything about Brian De Palma and that's surprising. Ten years ago I was obsessed with his films. I studied every one with complete fascination. I had most of them memorized. I bought every book about him that I could get my hands on and took extensive notes from them, as if I were his biographer. I compiled my own De Palma scrapbook with interviews, film reviews, concept art, and storyboards. De Palma is the reason I'm not…

  • La Notte

    La Notte

    ★★★★★

    How do I put this delicately? La Notte is simply the finest film I have ever seen. I have reached this point after much careful consideration. The mastery of the film is inescapable and the conclusion I have come to feels inevitable. La Notte is a perfect example of the cinema's ultimate grammar. It's the best film in the whole world.

    La Notte is a film of reflections, of internalized deterioration made visibly external through false extensions of our composite…