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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★★★★

    An enduring & deeply intimate gangster drama and character study that never shies away from the authentic grittiness of the era. Sergio Leone, the godfather of the spaghetti western, created a sprawling, visually spectacular & firmly unyielding crime epic that features possibly the greatest performance of De Niro’s career. 
    There are no likable characters here, the absence of a cliché redemption arc aides in the film’s dramatic realism. It spans about 40 years, and the monsterous runtime is intimidating, to say the…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    Yorgos is on roll, and this year, he’s coming for the oscars. The Favourite is a beautifully directed Victorian age delight bolstered by Lanthimos’ signaturely gorgeous cinematography, ravishing costume designs & a fantastic ensemble led by 3 brilliant leads, my particular favourite being Weisz’, who gives off a commanding performance, that, in my opinion, steals the show whenever she’s on screen. Yorgos Lanthimos is quickly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

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  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★½

    The first and final 20 minutes are utterly fantastic, I only wish the other 126 minutes were up to par. While not bad, it just felt like a slog, and the runtime doesn’t help, so in my opinion, if you cut 40 minutes out then this film is far better. That being said, Fonda & Bronson were serviceable in their respective roles and the score may be my favorite from Morricone, which is saying quite a bit. The cinematography is pretty…

  • The Outlaw Josey Wales

    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    ★★★★

    Josey: Anytime I get to liking folks, they ain't around too long

    Lone: I've noticed when you get to disliking folks they ain't around long neither!

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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★★

    A surprisingly hilarious yet unflinchingly brutal portrait of a deeply troubled serial killer that serves as a brilliant deconstruction of the character, and while the film is extremely masturbatory at times with an ending that ventures into slight absurdity, it’s all the better for it. The House that Jack Built’s portrayal of the raw evil of psychopathy and extraordinarily uncoventional method of story telling make for an unforgettable character study and a punishing plunge into madness.

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★

    Pure excellence, Widows is a politically charged heist thriller that manages to make the stakes high on such a low scale. The performances all around are to die for, led by Viola Davis, who has made a great case for being the very best Hollywood has to offer. McQueen’s stylish direction is evident in every scene in addition to the score and cinematography being utterly fantastic, per usual in his films. Additionally, the political backdrop of it manages to  be…