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  • Touki Bouki

    Touki Bouki

    ★★★½

    Touki Bouki is one of the films from Criterion's Martin Scorsese World Cinema box sets (Thanks Lise and Jonnie for letting me "borrow" it). It's a film from Senegal and one of the few that I thought sounded interesting enough to watch (the other being Dry Summer, and then the less obscure Taipei Story and The Housemaid). Touki Bouki was also listed on the BBC's top 100 foreign films list via critic poll.

    I believe it's labeled as "experimental" and…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★½

    This is sadly a lot poorer than I had imagined. The opening segment which is the story that the film is titled for sets the tone of the film; Tim Blake Nelson playing a silly character who sings and brutally murders some people. That exact tone doesn't carry throughout, but the absurdity and listless storytelling does.

    The smart writing that the Coen brothers are known for is nowhere to be found. There was only one of six? segments that I…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Let's be real, this is more a work of art than anything some old French or Italian dude painted a bunch of years ago. You don't have to watch any other movie to know that this is the best Sci-Fi movie ever made. One of the best movies, period. Amazing shot after amazing shot, through the entire film. It only takes you about five minutes into the movie to realize you are watching something truly amazing, and Kubrick doesn't disappoint.…

  • Tyrannosaur

    Tyrannosaur

    ★★★★

    This is a very powerful movie, led by a strong lead performance by Peter Mullan. He stars as Joseph, a rageful and violent man who is starting to see his own flaws but can't seem to change. He meets a woman, Hannah, and the movie documents a transitioning time in both their lives.

    I kind of put off watching this; these intense emotionally painful movies are not what I'm usually in the mood to watch, but this wasn't as hard…