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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    Cinema at its greatest is visual poetry, forgoing specific plot points to explore the beauty of the image and the atmosphere that blossoms from it. Paterson is about a poet, Paterson, who lives in Paterson and drives buses for a living. His passengers fill the trillions of air particles surrounding them with self-important narratives, desperate to capture each and every one as their own real-estate. Paterson doesn't concern himself with any melodrama -- the movie itself actively makes fun of…

  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    ★★½

    Major Spoilers for Psycho and Dressed to Kill
    Minor Spoilers for Carrie


    Dressed to Kill both begins and ends with scenes derivative of Carrie, De Palma's far superior effort of 4 years prior. During their runtime both films poke and prod at their protagonists' sexual libido. In Carrie heartfelt compassion compensates for the awkward pacing, uniting the plot with De Palma's dynamite style and exploding in a bloody passion. Dressed to Kill aims bigger: more sex, more violence and a…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★

    Aronofsky's trademark surrealism is back once again in his new horror film Mother!. I'm a major fan of this surrealist style of filmmaking mainly due to the work of David Lynch. While I don't hold Aronofsky to that same level he is still a filmmaker to watch closely as his films are distinct to say the least.

    Mother! was one of the more controversial releases of 2017 and it's easy to see why. It's a Russian-doll of metaphors wrapped in…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★★

    The problem with most anthology movies is their jagged assembly: stitched together like Frankenstein's Monster, with occasional flashes of brilliance -- true life -- but too many dead limbs to call living. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs consists of 6 entirely different stories, different characters, locations and tones, but The Coen Brothers have avoided any hack job construction by linking the stories together into a living, breathing whole. They are famed for their seamless use of both humour and tragedy…