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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • The Fountain
  • The Green Knight
  • La La Land

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  • Cold Fever

    ★★★½

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★½

  • Kill List

    ★★★½

  • To Live and Die in L.A.

    ★★★★★

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  • Iron Warrior

    Iron Warrior

    ★★★★

    When viewed as an "Italian Conan" or even a continuation of the "Ator Saga," Iron Warrior, a delightfully diaphanous dream logic deluge, might disappoint those in search of cheesy plot-driven 1980's sword and sandals fare, but if one has a taste for the strange and an eye for the sublime, they'll succumb to the charms of this weird film that can even be enjoyed volume muted, or better yet, set to retro 80's-synthwave.

    After watching both Conquest and this, I…

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

    Ghost Rider and the Mandalorian team up for a wacky meta-adventure filled with movie memorabilia, car chases, acid trips, impromptu piano serenades, dress-up, Froot Loops, couples massages with Doogie Howser, 2 second Demi Moore cameos, Spanish cartel shootouts, and an Adaptation-esque Doppelgänger, all in a moment of singularity for Cage Nation.

    Look, this thing ain't perfect and the material begs for an actual filmmaker a la Being John Malkovitch's Spike Jonze, instead of the Tom Goobernaught-whoever-the-fuck we got for this romp,…

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  • Cold Fever

    Cold Fever

    ★★★½

    A perfectly serviceable little oddball indie road movie, at its best Cold Fever is a wondrously quirky snapshot of Icelandic (and other cultural) idiosyncrasies matched with stunningly alien  wintry geography through the eyes of a Japanese stranger, though in the end it amounts to little more than painterly spectacle. 

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    COLLAB RANKED

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    ★★★★½

    More marvelous than Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’s astoundingly original premise and Frank Herbert-like world-building is the humility, compassion, and competency embodied in its central hero, Nausicaä, a “strong female character” who is just a strong character period, her gender entirely irrelevant, elevating one of Hayao Miyazaki’s earliest works to be one of his best. 

    GHIBLI RANKED

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★

    Lacking thematic depth, sorely in need of narrative focus, and pathetically over-reliant on knowing by heart the plot points of a logically vacant Disney+ TV series, Doctor Strange 2 is by no means outrightly bad but could have been so much better, by leaning even more heavily into the promised horror elements and by amping up the general weirdness, occult aspects, and goddamn sorcery, given it is a Dr. Strange movie, for chrissake.

    The original Dr. Strange was the first…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★★

    Ethereal, enchanting, and enigmatic, The Green Knight is an intellectually challenging, intricately-layered masterpiece combining uniformly perfect performances, one of the finest scores in cinema history, stunning cinematography, and a thematically rich narrative that is ancient yet timeless, dreamlike yet palpable, and profoundly mytho-poetic yet undeniably veristic.

    I'm not sure if I've ever seen another film three times in the theater within a single week, but this is a cinematic experience that for me warranted multiple viewings, as its striking images…