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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Fargo
  • Stalker
  • Harold and Maude

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  • West Side Story

    ★★★½

  • Delicatessen

    ★★★

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★½

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    ★★★★½

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  • Delicatessen

    Delicatessen

    ★★★

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro sure like to compose breathlessly elaborate symphonies (literal, cinematic, and otherwise) out of their characters' eccentric rhythms and the strange incidental details of their interior lives. An early scene in which the rusty springs on an old mattress shriek under the weight of love-making, a sound which steadily provides a foundation to the musical pulse traveling all throughout the run-down apartment building, essentially foreshadows the maddeningly intricate, interwoven nature of the duo's bizarro slapstick sensibilities.

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    ★★★★½

    "I still exist."

    Like David Cronenberg's The Fly would do three decades later, Jack Arnold's The Incredible Shrinking Man is a remarkable fusion of science-fiction high concept, sensational genre thrills, body horror (well, kind of!), existential anxiety, fears of losing one's identity in the swell of the modern world, and (ahem!) incredible special effects work (most of which still holds up). Inordinately scary and suspenseful for its time, mining lots of fun out of exaggerating the ordinary and commonplace (housecats,…

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  • Playing for Keeps

    Playing for Keeps

    How is it that there's a movie where all these thirsty suburban soccer moms are flocking to Gerard Butler with reckless abandon, pursuing his sexual interest in variously degrading ways and often with an aggressive manner that absolutely wouldn't fly (and certainly wouldn't be played with such cavalier indifference) were the genders reversed, and it's still only like the third most misogynist romantic comedy I've seen with the actor in the male lead (The Bounty Hunter poses a big maybe,…

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    Honestly fucking hilarious that Licorice Pizza is getting exhaustively discoursed to hell and back (at least it certainly seems that way in my friend circles) when Sean Baker’s Red Rocket is also in theaters. Holy shit, I’ve never felt so deeply, viscerally uncomfortable watching a movie all year.

    An unflinching profile of a compulsive manipulator — one who regularly succeeds in leeching off all others thanks to sheer ingratiating charm and charisma, yet whose every move is so transparently motivated…