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  • The Empty Man
  • Upstream Color
  • Twister
  • Dead Man

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  • Grosse Pointe Blank

    ★★★★★

  • Black Swan

    ★★★★

  • Prince of Darkness

    ★★★½

  • The Thing

    ★★★★★

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    There's something to be said for artistic freedom; for being able to create in a space where the stuffy diktat of one's inner critic cannot intrude.  There's also something to be said for extrapolating meaning out of a film which actively resists formal logic, or which actively embraces the surreal.  I can even find joy in experiencing the weird wonder of a poem that seems to describe one thing in one line but coyly hints at another, deeper feeling, when…

  • The Rite

    The Rite

    ★★★

    This movie is a chain of narrative convenience masquerading as eerie coincidence. Faith is usually defined as the evidence of things unseen, but unfortunately all this movie does is show us those things, and then asks the viewer to suspend their disbelief.

    The third act feels like Anthony Hopkins got tired of being in this movie and decided to abruptly make it a different one through the force of his indomitable will alone.  He far outshines whoever plays the other…