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  • The Bomb

    The Bomb

    ★★★★★

    Scariest. Movie. Ever.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    Nolan is the master of the messy masterpiece. His continuity can be fuzzy, his editing can be disorienting, his exposition can be clumsy. But his reach and his aesthetic create a feeling that propels his films to higher level. 

    I personally loved the framing of the three timelines in Dunkirk. The timelines represent different perspective - land, sea and air. We feel the tension from all points of view in the theater of war. We view moments from different angles,…

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★★

    I have long contended that the setting in a Coen brothers movie is also a character. By this I mean that their settings are often one of the most distinguishing elements of their films, their settings help to drive the plot just as much as the people do, and their settings seem to have a life of their own.

    I'm often in awe of the authentic language they are able to give their characters based on the setting, balancing a…

  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★★

    Whenever Miller's Crossing begins, I get the same feeling I do when talking to an old friend or listening to a favorite song from my youth. Movies like GoodFellas can cause the "I can't turn it off" effect. This film also falls into that category. But GoodFellas excites and challenges, where Miller's Crossing comforts.

    The Coen Brothers have a layered use of language, and this is a prime example. Here the language works as a way of establishing setting, of…