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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★

    The narrative structure never really commanded my attention or helped foster a sense of care about any of its characters. It had its poetic and immersive moments to be sure, but in the end, the whole cinematic experience just washed over me like the waters of the English Channel.

  • Horns

    Horns

    ★★

    David Bowie's Heroes is probably the best takeaway from Horns. The film has a pretty interesting and original premise and the first third had me hooked. However, nothing can make up for one of the worst endings to a film that I can remember.

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  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★★★★½

    Dreamily slow, but hypnotic with visceral imagery from start to finish - each frame is like a neon painting. I would say confidently that the lighting and cinematography are the bigger stars than Gosling in this. In combination with the lighting, the amazing Cliff Martinez score adds a sense of dread and impact that was very Kubrickian - like a mix of Eyes Wide Shut and The Shining shot in a dreamland Bangkok. I also felt the influence of John…

  • Beauty Day

    Beauty Day

    ★★★★½

    Cheel is Canada's next star filmmaker and this is proof - one of the best films of 2011. Would love to see what he could do with a feature-length fictional film. Looking forward to How to Build a Time Machine!