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  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★★

    Mainstream cinematic vernacular getting you down? Why not pop in Herzog's Nosferatu to see what magic can be done when a true artist gets behind the lens. If one is interested in a solid, mainstream narrative presentation of Dracula, look elsewhere. Instead, Herzog uses Stoker's story as a framework to present a steady stream of startling, uncanny images undergirded by Popul Vuh's haunting soundtrack. It's an unforgettable experience.

    What's fascinating and unique about this film is Herzog's naturalistic style used…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★½

    There's no doubt that Refn has an eye and a compelling sense of cinematic style (I stand by Valhalla Rising as his best film), but whatever elegiac power Drive quietly gathers is irrevocably marred by the last third's adolescent revenge fantasy.

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  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club

    ★★★★

    It's a bit by the numbers Oscar bait, but the performances are terrific and after awhile, it really gathers power for a solid finish. I really liked it.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    It doesn't hit home runs with its musical and dance numbers, and I don't know that Stone and Gosling really fit together, but something spooky and wonderful happens in this film on the way: charm, heart, honesty, and truth. Bravo to Damien Chazelle and his restless, artistic spirit.