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  • Deep Red

    ★★★★★

  • Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

  • Pixote

    ★★★★★

  • Beau Travail

    ★★★★★

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  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    ★★★★★

    Giallo is a subgenre of Italian crime thrillers that first emerged in the early 1960s but were most popular in the early '70s. The term giallo is Italian for yellow and describes the covers of early pulp novels about crime and murder that were popular in Italy. Giallo films are violent, highly stylized murder mysteries that often contain amateur sleuths, repressed memories, and jarring musical scores. Writer-director Dario Argento burst onto the giallo scene with his excellent debut The Bird…

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    Last year marked the thirtieth anniversary of Spike Lee's masterpiece Do the Right Thing. I first saw Do the Right Thing when I was 14. It was a pivotal time in my film viewing experience when I was first discovering the criterion collection and foreign films. It was a time in which my cinematic landscape was expanding in unimaginable ways. At the time, Do the Right Thing struck me as something special. I've seen the film several times now and…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue," Barry Jenkins' sophomore film is pure cinematic magic and my favorite film of the decade. A sprawling coming-of-age saga set in Florida, Moonlight follows a young black man struggling with his sexuality. Three different actors play Chiron at pivotal stages in his life - Alex Hibbert as a child, Ashton Sanders as a teenager, and Trevante Rhodes as an adult. All three actors are phenomenal. Moonlight is heartbreaking…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    David Lynch is one of my favorite filmmakers and Mulholland Dr. is the greatest expression of his cinema. It's a film that seems to transcend the medium and exist on another plane. A surreal, terrifying, and enigmatic puzzle, Mulholland Dr. is unlike any film I have ever seen.

    Originally conceived as a TV pilot, Mulholland Dr. is familiar territory for Lynch in its depiction of the dark underbelly of America. Instead of a small town though, Lynch takes on Los…