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  • Andrei Rublev
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
  • Twin Peaks: The Return

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  • Watchmen

    ★★½

  • Miami Vice

    ★★★

  • 10 Things I Hate About You

    ★★

  • The Batman

    ★★★½

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  • I Am Twenty

    I Am Twenty

    ★★★★★

    As we watch Sergey and his friends Kolya and Slava stroll into the opening moments of this movie, a special closeness can already be felt between them, as can the suspicion that we will be spending much time watching them grow—they even walk toward the viewer, growing in the frame. Sergey and his buddies have recently left their teenage years, and have even more recently left their military service. They are adults, but still boys. They are boys, but still…

  • 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…

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  • Watchmen

    Watchmen

    ★★½

    Preface: This review is intentionally dramatic to "match" the broodingly ostentatious atmosphere of this movie. It's not that deep.

    Darkness is such a frightening concept largely because it by nature implies an absence, that of light. Its disorienting, debilitating qualities can affect us not just in the physical sense but in the mental sense, creating a feeling of loneliness to match the perception of it. When stories are “dark” in nature, I feel like this feeling is what is accomplished:…

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★

    Of course this would be more aptly titled Miami Vibes. The most distinct characteristic of Mann’s adaptation is, funnily, its distinction. It operates like no other movie by its very nature, rather than for one specific decision or another. Although, it did constantly remind me of Inland Empire for its inherent 2006-ness in the form of ugly handheld digital video. If anyone thinks it’s highbrow to prefer or commend film, watching this back-to-back with Mann’s own timelessly pulchritudinous Heat would be enough to make…

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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?”

  • 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…