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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    Kind of a perfect companion piece with I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS--both 'break-up movies' that have much less to do with break-ups than they do with monster themes of loneliness, psychic interiority, projection, regret. The life of the mind is always somewhat frightening and oppressive in Kaufman scripts, but in no work of his is it rendered more tenderly and with more optimism than here. An eternal favorite.

  • The Player

    The Player

    ★★★★

    A satire of movies severely smitten with movies

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★★

    I love magic, I love movies, and never has a director proven more effectively that they're the same thing.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★

    Such a genius move making us watch the first scene through Michael's eyes--we never lose that feeling that he is looming over these girls, watching from our vantage, even when we 'know' he's somewhere else. Horror villains with a touch of this elemental, preternatural--sure, "Boogeyman"--type of evil are always the scariest to me (cf. Anton Chigurh and his countertype Lorne Malvo for this done to perfection). The lighting effects and score I'm sure are talked about to death, but holy shit.