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  • Touki Bouki

    Touki Bouki

    ★★★★★

    Never seen anything quite like this movie before. It's a true masterpiece, sensuous and abrasive and gorgeously shot (those blues and yellows!), plus it features the coolest motorcycle in cinema aside from Kaneda's bike in Akira.

    Touki Bouki is a film about home. About wanting to escape it and forever being tied to it. Djibril Diop Mambety captures the soul of Dakar with images, the most meaningful of which is the cow skull the male lead Mory ties to the…

  • The Strangers

    The Strangers

    ★★★★

    I avoided this for a long time because the trailers terrified me as a teenager but I rarely ever watched horror movies back then. Now that I’ve seen it I can say it’s certainly scary but not unbearably so.

    It’s a very elemental horror movie. The narrative is bare bones, any mythology or commentary or even basic motive has been stripped away. It’s just two people stuck in a remote country house as a trio of masked sadists terrorize them.…

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    The bell sequence that closes this film is the best directed sequence I've ever seen. This movie, along with contemplating what draws me to David Lynch's work, pushed me towards believing in a higher power. Not Rublev's Jesus, but the ineffable power that manifests in the toil of the artisans swept up in the young bellmaker's passion. Great art, like the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, probes the depths of the soul, revealing to us there is one.

  • Croupier

    Croupier

    ★★★★★

    Clive Owen plays an aspiring writer named Jack who takes a job as a croupier at a London casino to research his novel. At least that’s what he tells himself. His father is a gambler and a conman who casts a long shadow over Jack’s life. Becoming a croupier could just be his way of returning home.

    He spent time as a croupier in South Africa where he grew up and from that experience and his father’s sordid dealings he’s…