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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Prince of Darkness
  • Manhunter
  • Blow Out

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  • The Empty Man

    ★★★★

  • The French Dispatch

  • The Harder They Fall

  • In Cold Blood

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    a wonderful examination of art and the artist, and a tribute to the toll the creative process takes on the creator. it’s pretentious and self congratulatory, but also sincere and self deprecating. it also has the best lighting and photography of an Anderson movie yet, and Jeffrey Wright may take the prize for greatest performance in one of his films.

    i’ve seen the backlash to this and i don’t get it. it’s Anderson’s most mature film and totally new territory for him. it really resonated with me.

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    what a blast! felt like a 70s black western through a QT filter but still entirely unique to Samuel and his vision. amazing performances by everyone and a fabulous score. so entertaining that i forgave a few awful instances of CGI blood!

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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    SO many dissolves.

  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    ★★★

    HoopTober 8.0
    Count: 14/31

    sure, the lack of 90 actual minutes of film in NYC is disappointing. the script makes little to no sense throughout. but Jason on a boat is genuinely entertaining and the 15 minutes of Manhattan we do get are great. this was made during the last real period of 80s sleaze, and while there are problematic elements to that it also provides an undeniable, impossible to replicate patina of grime that i can’t resist. also Jason punches off a head!