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  • Fear
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  • The Ninth Gate

    ★★★★★

  • Knife in the Water

  • Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

  • The Taking of Jordan (All American Boy)

    ★★★★★

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  • The Taking of Jordan (All American Boy)

    The Taking of Jordan (All American Boy)

    ★★★★★

    Toronto friends: don't miss this May 26 event

    A haunting and beautifully combative piece. I love the way Haddad uses visual and sonic textures: this feels, in some ways, like the transgressive cinematic equivalent of early noise & industrial music. The film conveys a kind of "silhouetted" narrative that seems to overlay its horror coding (a grim expression of "eternal return") over actual documentary footage and journalist photography with serious verisimilitude. I love seeing artists interested in confrontation and disruption, and I see these qualities all over Haddad's work.

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    Take a shot every time the narrator says "Antoine Rouge."

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  • Kaili Blues

    Kaili Blues

    As I was exiting the theater, I heard a man tell the woman beside him, "Y'know, this was directed by the guy who made Uncle Bowie."

  • Old

    Old

    ★★★★★

    In their third collaboration, director M. Night Shyamalan and cinematographer Mike Gioulakis offer a seamless merging of their visual sensibilities—this film showcases some of the most exciting camera direction and beautiful compositional intuitions in the auteur's career. In an era so staunchly focused on episodic, brutally message-driven media, it is almost indescribably refreshing to watch a film with a real sense for the power of well-crafted images.

    The film's far-reaching thematic ideas are its most interesting, but as with all…