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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★

    2018 Ranked

    A fascinating look at how obsession can affect one psychologically. Helena Howard is phenomenal like you might’ve heard, and there’s some exceptional filmmaking on display from writer/director Josephine Decker. The cinematography, editing and sound design especially stand out. If I’m being honest, I don’t completely have a full grasp on all of the film’s ideas yet, but it kept my attention for most of the runtime nonetheless, and I could see this getting better for me on repeat viewings. Madeline’s Madeline is not gonna work for everyone, but I’d definitely recommend checking it out nonetheless (especially since it’s on Amazon Prime Video).

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★½

    2018 Ranked

    Very much beautiful as you may have heard. The cinematography is among the best of the year (the black & white presentation and the 4:3 aspect ratio fit the film perfectly), the costumes and sets are full of authenticity of the time period, and even just the staging of the musical and dance sequences is so beautiful. Purely from a production standpoint, Cold War is so textured and detailed.

    Where Cold War really shines, however, is in Joanna Kulig’s…

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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★★

    A24 Ranked

    Paper Towns but good, along with shades of Inherent Vice and Mulholland Drive thrown in, and with a little something to say about toxic masculinity and how Hollywood treats women so horribly. Andrew Garfield gives the best performance of his career, the cinematography, editing and score add to the film’s offbeat atmosphere and tone, and it somehow manages to perfectly balance between being a quite gripping mystery-horror of sorts and being an absolutely hilarious dark comedy. The film…

  • Venom

    Venom

    2018 Ranked

    I take back what I said about EIGHTH GRADE. This should win Best Comedy at the Golden Globes.