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  • Mute

    Mute

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (Before we get into this, a disclaimer. This is not meant to discredit anyone that has legitimate criticisms or truthfully disliked what’s presented. This is an in-depth analysis based on my personal takeaways mixed with takeaways I have seen from separate analyses which I agree with. Everyone is equally entitled to an opinion so long as they have enough to be able to back up said opinion. Even if you disagree with what I have to say, I still appreciate…

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  • Drunken Angel

    Drunken Angel

    ★★★½

    The Japanese love to sacrifice themselves for stupid things.

    This is about the earliest Yakuza film I've seen thus far in my exploration of the genre, so it was worthwhile from that perspective alone. Combine that with this being Akira Kurosawa's first collaboration (as a director) with a here baby-faced Toshiro Mifune, and Drunken Angel was on prospect alone a nice crash course in early filmmaking. The direction behind it is as one can imagine incredibly controlled and just well-done,…

  • I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore

    ★★★½

    "What do you want?"
    "For people to not be assholes."

    When analyzing and critiquing movies, terms have been created such as "Hitchcockian", "Lynchian", and "Tarantinoesque." I really hope that with time, we get "Saulnierian." If that does become a thing, this is probably the first example of it. It really is easiest to view I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore as frequent Jeremy Saulnier collaborator Macon Blair taking a swing at his bud's flair for grounded stories,…

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  • The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    ★★★★½

    DirectorQuest: 35/100
    David Cronenberg: 5/5

    "My soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted... nevermore."

    A movie beginning with Christopher Walken reading Poe is going to be a movie worth remembering. Finding destiny (or the possible lack thereof) in a godless world. Stephen King has a handful of issues you can pick out when it comes to him as a writer, but I believe he's become one of America's most highly regarded authors through…

  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★★★

    Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

    First Reformed: "I'm going to be the most atmospheric, disturbing, and enthralling exploration of faith in 2018!"

    Apostle: "Hold my beer."

    One of my most anticipated films of the year did not disappoint at all. Gareth Evans trades in claustrophobic fisticuffs spectacle for grand-scale Gothic horror, and proves he can do both almost equally well. Apostle is the film equivalent of nails on…