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  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★★½

    89

    "You did the right thing. I don't blame you."

    I couldn't have predicted this to be my 1,000th film on Letterboxd, but a movie is a movie. Oh man, this movie delivers. My expectations were fairly high, as this seemed to have all the makings of a hidden gem, and some have even pegged this as a masterpiece that remains to be "under-seen". All that being said, I went in with an open mind, allowing it to take me…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    98

    "I've killed for you. Who else can say that?"

    I don't specialize in fucked up, but the Dunnes are flat out just fucked up. This whole picture is a miracle in the way only David Fincher could've done it. A perfect assembly of talent for a nearly perfect film, Gone Girl is really the business. The "cool girl" montage is sublime in character building (or take down..) and editing. Even when it gets more and more nutty, it still…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    87

    "The sink's not braced yet."

    After three times now, I still wasn't braced. Diminishing returns certainly kick in quite a bit this time, but oh boy this is one sordid affair that doesn't let up from start to finish. mother! is essentially a retelling of the early chapters of the Bible, with a very strong sense of nihilistic view of humanity throughout thrown in for good measure.

    Subtlety isn't one of the strongest aspects of this movie, but then…

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★★

    96

    "If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?"

    There's just no arguing against this extraordinarily devastating picture other than the director behind it, yet there's no doubt he threw all of himself into making this film. Despite surviving the Holocaust, he opts to take upon an objective look, and tells all in a very…

  • Fury

    Fury

    ★★★

    71

    "Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

    You might be right in assuming 1917 put me in the mood for a good war flick, and I wanted to find something I hadn't seen in a good while. I saw this on a flight a few years back, and I was very much captivated on the small screen in front of me in sub-HD quality. Fury stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña, and it centers…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    100

    "They are nice because they are rich."

    Here we are, in a world where Parasite found its way through various award shows only for it to notch 4 Oscars to wrap it all up. We often like to disregard the Oscars as unimportant as long as we hold the films that mean something to us in high regard, Oscars or none. But it's indisputable that the Oscars are actually pretty damn important, especially for an industry that's often seen…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    80

    "Hope is a dangerous thing."

    Playing catch-up with the Oscar nominees in which I'm normally caught up by this time of the year, but no matter. I do indeed wish I caught this in either IMAX or Dolby because it obviously was meant to be seen in either of these. That being said, 1917 is absolutely one of the most immersive experiences in a long while.

    In most pieces I've read, 1917 seemed to indicate an experience rather than…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★

    84

    "Is it dangerous out there?"
    "Extremely."

    A Taika Waititi comedy along with the fact that Waititi himself would portray Hitler really sold me from the start, but the reactions seemed to vary so wildly that I got cold feet from seeing this on the big screen, so I figured to wait until it released on home video at the very latest, but with the Oscars coming up this Sunday, I thought to catch this. I must say, I'm a…

  • Doctor Sleep

    Doctor Sleep

    ★★★★½

    92

    "The world's a hungry place."

    Oh, man, what an achievement. A wonderful blend of King and Kubrick, and not in a million years did I think such a hybrid would ever exist, much less get approval from enough people. At the same time, I feel like most people are seriously underestimating this film's potential in the future. It might even end up a sort of a classic the same way The Shining did. It's certainly more "fun" than The…

  • A Face in the Crowd

    A Face in the Crowd

    ★★★★½

    86

    "This whole country's just like my flock of sheep!"

    It was just enough from looking at the Criterion cover art for it implied what this movie would be all about, and I even heard some tidbits on how this has since then endured the test of time. But what I wasn't prepared for was the fact that this might as well have been made yesterday. Relevant and terrifying in equal measure, Elia Kazan's towering masterpiece starring Andy Griffith of…

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★★★

    94

    "Do you read Sutter Cane?"

    From John Carpenter comes an epic crossover of H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King in which he produces one of his best works. Big, bold, frequently strange and off kilter in every way possible, yet it clocks in only at 95 minutes. Carpenter is able to cram in so much because of his effortless world-building, and as always, he gets right down to it and keeps everything moving along. It's truly a delight to watch…

  • Batman

    Batman

    ★★★★½

    89

    "Never rub another man's rhubarb."

    Deliciously comical with some hint of the peculiarity that would eventually make Returns a standout, this is still one of a kind comic book picture that has stood the test of time. You have Jack Nicholson tapping into his madness as all get out, while Michael Keaton is insecure yet oddly sincere at times and he also kicks supreme ass as Batman. While comic book films certainly aren't hard to come by these days,…