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  • Way of a Gaucho

    Way of a Gaucho

    ★★★★

    In the cinema of Jacques Tourneur, one will frequently find characters with strict, almost unwavering personal convictions, whether in the form of men of faith (preacher Josiah Gray in Stars in My Crown), American patriots (military veteran Alan Eaton in The Fearmakers), or virtuous men of the law (judge Rick Thorne in Stranger on Horseback). With Way of a Gaucho, one of the greatest westerns ever made, Tourneur creates the most compelling character of his entire career—Martín Peñaloza, a gaucho…

  • The 15:17 to Paris

    The 15:17 to Paris

    Enjoyed the hell out of this, imperfections and all. Three good-natured fellas go about their lives, searching for a purpose, until one day, in a moment of divine providence, they save countless innocents from an armed terrorist. An inspiring true story of modern-day heroism, brought to the big screen by the man, the myth, the legend: Clint Eastwood.

    Also enjoyed the film's sincere (yet occasionally awkward) ruminations on faith. Clint believes that these young men being at the right place, at the right time, was an act of God, and, you know what, I'm inclined to agree. Like Hereafter, another faith-related Eastwood project, the film makes one believe in miracles. 

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★

    I've never been sold on the whole A24 craze; or the "Prestige Horror" movement, for that matter. With that said, as far as A24-produced horrors go, The Lighthouse is easily the best of the bunch (and by a pretty sizeable margin), due in large part to the evocative b&w imagery (Harrington's Night Tide, Dreyer's Vampyr, and Sjöström's The Phantom Carriage are all discernible influences) and the strength of the two lead performances (as expected, Dafoe and Pattinson are both top-notch, elevating characters that,…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★

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

    David Lynch, the Ovidian filmmaker. To fully understand his cinema, one must look through the lens of Greco-Roman mythology, particularly the myths seen in Ovid's Metamorphoses. Below are some (but not all) of the myths Lynch has appropriated and/or referenced throughout his career.

    Twin Peaks,Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer and Twin Peaks: The Return:
    1) Orpheus and his beloved Eurydice (the relationship between Laura and Dale - illustrated visually in Season 3 part…