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  • Eyes Wide Shut
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  • The Phantom of the Opera
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  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

  • Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

  • Dune

    ★★★★★

  • Tenet

    ★★★★★

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    Extended Cut

    The greatest works of literary art are cultural synthesis. Homer condensing legends of law and love. Dante’s reckoning of papacy, subsequent vision of hell, and resurrection of the Greek epic tradition. Milton’s theomachy of the Greco-Roman gods with Christianity. These are artists who, by careening backwards toward ancient tradition, reached forward into esoteric greatness. J. R. R. Tolkien’s realization that he couldn’t fall completely into an English antiquity, because there was no true foundation — many of Britain’s…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★★

    As Blade Runner begins with a shot of an eye taking in the fiery Los Angeles skyline, so too does Covenant begin with an eye. Ridley is returning to the same question. The eye is the window into the soul and Scott’s career-long obsession with exploring the boundaries of the human condition and the illusion of progress turns its focus to what makes us human amidst the inhumane. In Prometheus, it’s made clear in the opening sequence on the titular…

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  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    Plans within plans. Paths upon paths. 

    What Denis sacrifices in the narratological particularities of Herbert’s world, he righteously redeems in both a broadening of scope and a spartan parsing down to the barest of essentials. A massive stone meets a precision tuning pick, forging an astounding sensory experience that thematically stuns fidelity and moves so emotionally deeply — like a dream — as the spirit of Dune comes to the forefront, an operatic sandstorm of tragedy wherein the purity of…

  • Dune: Part Two

    Dune: Part Two

    ★★★★★

    The world has made choices for us.”

    Oppenheimer’s cousin. An eternal recurrence of suicide, building to the jihad of apocalyptic doom. Heroic crossroads marked by patricide, each direction turning like a sandworm into itself, an incestual ouroboros. Every action we take returns us back to the death of our ego. There is no escaping our preordained fate as our familial curse moves us toward our end. Romance, love, a time of quiet between storms, the anomaly of a cure, rides…

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  • Flight

    Flight

    ★★★★★

    This very fictional movie is, actually, very true. Let me tell you a story.

    For a short period of time, my dad drove a city bus here in town. It was his way of finally trying to settle down and get sober, except he couldn’t get sober, nor could he settle down. One early dark morning, at around 5AM, on one of his more unsavory city routes filled with an unsavory clientele, a massive argument broke out on his bus.…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★★★

    Metaconciousness is transposed here as something both deeply malevolent and elysian, purported as some sort of bicameral bliss of terror, worthy of worship, and yet devastated by selfhood and experience. If we consider America our own private tulpa, then I suppose Missouri is precisely dead center mass where the beating heart of the country would lie — beating, though? More like a decayed, black pearl defunct and still. So, it makes sense that we set our sights on Missouri here,…