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  • Landscape in the Mist
  • The Bad and the Beautiful
  • Still Walking
  • Brief Encounter

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  • The Exorcist

    ★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★½

  • Memoirs of an Invisible Man

    ★★½

  • Deep Red

    ★★★★½

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  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★

    Crossed off probably my biggest horror blind spot in an empty theater today and I'm pretty sure I was just as scared as audiences in 1973. The craftsmanship is just impeccable from that intoxicating prologue to the slow build-up and eventual bonkers showdown. Much like with Polanski's direction in Rosemary's Baby, Friedkin brings a steady hand and classy formalism to horror that you don't see very often and the result is as frightening as more flashy entries in the genre.…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    Villeneuve can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned. After an excellent Blade Runner sequel, something I would have said is impossible, he's stuck with sci-fi and delivered a truly epic adaptation of Frank Herbert's notoriously tricky Dune. His solution for bringing the dense, introspective classic to the big screen is to make a dense, introspective film that's as heavy on terminology and lore as it's supposed to be without either hand holding or leaving non-book readers in the…

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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★★★★

    Thanks to Criterion Channel (and Arbelos for the wonderful restoration) I have finally tackled a "white whale" of world cinema: Hungarian auteur Béla Tarr's seven and a half hour slow cinema masterpiece Sátántangó. It is a film that demands your complete focus and that you don't think about focusing, not necessarily an easy place to get. If you can get yourself in that mindset and stay there it is capable of inducing a cinematic trance unlike anything I've experienced.

    Tarr…

  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    ★★★★½

    Had to go back to Argento while we're still in October after Suspiria became an instant top 10 horror for me a few weeks back. I ended up loving Deep Red just as much if not more and will absolutely be checking out more Argento. A lot of what makes Suspiria so excellent is present here as well: you have this delightfully idiosyncratic Goblin score, a swooping camera through precisely blocked scenes, and striking use of color. This is more…