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  • The Ox-Bow Incident

    The Ox-Bow Incident

    ★★★★★

    What happened to films like this? Did they become too contrived, or did audiences start to become too self-assured, not being open to the idea of being taught something that might reveal themselves to be imperfect or flawed? Admittedly this one isn't perfect, but the presentation alone is enough to stop anyone in their tracks, pull them in, and force them to become transfixed while they contemplate such guttural and deeply seated themes and ideas.

    I think one contributing factor…

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Words can't express how much I love this. It's impossible to articulately express the emotion I feel when Obi-Wan speaks to Luke through the force, and we get that perspective shot of his X-Wing just gliding down the trench in the most gracious fashion, impeded by nothing, feeling pure elation and weightlessness (both physically and emotionally) enhanced tenfold by the god tier score. I think if I ever get the chance to see this on the big screen I'd break…

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  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man

    ★★★★★

    Unironically giving this five stars. There isn't a dull moment in this. It leans so hard into its conceit. "They didn't have to go this hard, but they did".

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    What an apt title. This film just took a scalpel to the most sensitive areas of my sensibilities and didn't stop. I can't recall such a surreal experience that at the same time has large strokes of haunting familiarity. In the words of James Hurley, "it all makes some kind of terrible sense".

    Despite the inherent alien nature, there are entire layers of unstated understanding. Without a single line of expository dialogue the most impactful beats occur through raw imagery…

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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★★

    I can undoubtedly say the Coens are becoming my favourite filmmakers. Every scene Pitt is in, hell, every line he delivers is outright hilarious. The scene with him and Malkovich in the car alone is one of the funniest things I've seen in a film. Will rewatch this one for years to come.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    I was a little worried, this being Wright's first "straight" film, that it'd be a bit too tame and generic. I really need to have more faith. This came from a mind that loves cinema and music, and in terms of spectacle, it delivers on almost every level. I only wish the romance and love interest were a little more developed. If you want a film with great music and incredibly engaging camera work and editing, forget La La Land, this is what you're looking for.