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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★

    This is just a cut-and-dry piece of pure New England madness, directed in an operatic manner, by Brian DePalma (who is a good filmmaker when he feels like being one). I am floored by this movie everytime I think about it. The levels of total psychosis on display here, in just the filmmaking alone, are astounding. Do check it out when you can. I have not seen the new Suspiria remake, but I would just love to see it try to outweird this one on the level of outrageous elegance.

  • Donnie Darko

    Donnie Darko

    ★★★★

    You know, whether you love it or hate it, this really was one of the most creative and thoughtful American films of the 2000s. Maybe the fact that it even exists is kind of a dirty thing. I don't know. But this film understands its own science and sticks closely to its own rules, and it really isn't as enigmatic as it appears to be. As far as I can tell, this is a perfect example of a movie that…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★

    I admit, I cried for hours. Very painful, but this is the kind of love story that speaks closely to me. It captures all the messiness, all the awkwardness, but also all the wonder and excitement of growing up. I don't view this, nor the book, as being a story about homosexuality. I view it more as being about sexuality, just in general, and exploring all the exciting and magical wonders of becoming your own person and exploring your sexual…

  • Irreversible

    Irreversible

    ★★★★★

    A scathing exploration of male aggression, toxic masculinity, macho posturing, and the ways they all bring disharmony and destruction. Noé, in precise, unflinching fashion, touches on the ways in which violence and fate reach an apex. Thematically, he wraps it all within an allegory of chronomedling decadance. By using obscenity in such a structurally unusual fashion, Noé presents the audience with many unsparing challenges and leaves no clues as to what his own feelings are on the culture of violent…