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  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Seven Samurai
  • The End of the Tour
  • Pride & Prejudice

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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★½

  • Schindler's List

    ★★★★★

  • Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

  • Treasure Planet

    ★★★½

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    "What sin are you referring to?"

    Please hear me out:

    Many believe this is wholly an anti-capitalism film. This is not the case. It is an anti-greed film. Yes, capitalism can provide a means for exercising greed, in many cases quite easily, but it is the vehicle for this film's condemning message, not the target. The oil industry was extremely domineering in the decades leading to the publishing of the novel on which this is based, making it an effective…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    The Green Knight presents its audience with a nonsensical reality, and proceeds to interpret and explain it in terms of dreams. We go from knowing better than Sir Gawain to being even more lost than he is, as he fluctuates between feeling like a closely watched companion and a distant figure untethered from anyone and everyone. This filmic experience is relentless, and so our viewership must in some way relent.

    We give up our expectations, our boundaries for what we…

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  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★½

    Some movies exist in shadows of their contexts (in many cases involving other movies themselves) and praising them becomes a keynote of Why Movie Y Is As Good As Movie Z or Why Movie Y Isn’t So Bad.

    Forget that. The Dark Knight Rises deserves recognition in its own right, not just in spite of backlash. It’s possible I’ve already undermined my thesis by mentioning the backlash at all, but I want to explicitly communicate the organic appreciation I have for…

  • Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    ★★★★★

    Another entry in a collaboration with Ziglet_mir, of films we are Ashamed We Haven’t Seen. This film has been on my mental watchlist for years and I finally had the opportunity to give it well-deserved time and attention this week. Zig’s review will be linked below.

    Schindler’s List is a story of the Holocaust told with a sincerity and heavy reality that is simply absent from films today. It is entirely immersive, arresting, and wholehearted in its dark brutality, unfolding…

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  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★★½

    “Do I repeat myself when I talk?”

    “Huh?”

    ”When I talk... do I repeat myself?”

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    Still brilliant. My favorite science-fiction film after Stalker. Was elated to introduce this to a friend last night.


    Edit: Perhaps I’ll provide a proper review later today or tomorrow, if I can find the time.