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  • Boogie Nights
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Videodrome
  • Eyes Wide Shut

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  • The Abyss

    ★★★★★

  • Avatar

    ★★★★★

  • True Lies

    ★★★★★

  • Alien Resurrection

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

    70mm

    Yet again, Paul Thomas Anderson proves why he's the greatest director working today.

    From the opening frames of LICORICE PIZZA to the end, I had a smile of my face, thinking of why I love movies. The film is pure joy from beginning to end. PTA lets go of narrative structure to create something that feels more like a free-wheeling breeze. The film jumps from beat to beat, scene to scene. Characters, most clearly Jon Peters, enter the film…

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  • The Abyss

    The Abyss

    ★★★★★

    Director's Cut

    While there are still a few Cameron movies I prefer over this (AVATAR, T2, TRUE LIES) I think that this is arguably his greatest technical accomplishment. I'd also say that this is his Rosetta Stone, everything he's ever been interested in, from deep sea diving to pushing the boundaries of CGI, if you watched this and none of his other films you'd be able to tell everything that his films are defined by.
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  • Avatar

    Avatar

    ★★★★★

    "One life ends, another begins."

    Every time I watch this I find myself continually astounded, both by the dense and beautiful world that Cameron creates and just how much the film overall works. It seems almost as if everything in his career had been leading up to this, a man who continually pushed the envelope of what could be done with visual effects for the latter half of his first 6 films reaching arguably the apex of modern CGI. This…

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★

    Baz Luhrmann Ranked

    Don't really understand all of the early reviews saying that this was like a Luhrmann film on coke, compared to his other films I feel the editing is much more calmed down in many sections. Of course, his style is still incredibly present. This is his first time using split screen and it's one of the best uses of the technique in years. Butler is sensational as Elvis, with his performance feeling the most "real" of any…

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

    New York Film Festival - Film #01 - Opening Night - Q&A with Joel Coen, Frances McDormand, Denzel Washington, Harry Melling, Corey Hawkins, Moses Ingram and Bertie Carvel

    Breathtaking in every sense of the word. From opening to closing frame, Joel Coen’s The Tragedy of Macbeth is a beautifully made adaptation. Denzel Washington is amazing at Macbeth, with it being his best performance besides Malcolm X. McDormand is excellent as Lady Macbeth, bringing the perfect energy to match Denzel’s intensity. Other…