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  • Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Baby

    ★★★★

    Sometimes, a simple, albeit strong story is all a film has to offer to be great. Great performances help of course. Still, it's nice to sit through a bittersweet tale of making the best of your time in this world, against all odds no less.

  • Exotica

    Exotica

    ★★★★★

    Bruce Greenwood with color in his hair.

    All jokes aside, this lowkey canadian magnolia is quite great. So refreshing to see a filmmaker be this empathetic towards people that american cinema would demonized and condemn for their inadequacies. A lot of moments made me feel icky to bear witness to, but at least they had something to say. A sensational piece this isn't.

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  • A Simple Plan

    A Simple Plan

    ★★★★

    A Simple Plan is an impressive 180 turn from Sam Raimi. It was unfairly compared to Fargo, giving people at the time an excuse to dismiss this little gem. Fargo is the better movie in terms of originality and execution, but I found A Simple Plan to be just as unsettling.

    During winter in a small-town, three buddies accidentally stumble upon 4 million dollars in an abandoned aircraft. Predictably, greed gets the best of these men, driving them to madness,…

  • Memento

    Memento

    ★★★★★

    Dear Christopher Nolan,

    I was rewatching Memento the other day and this question kept popping into my head: "Why aren't you making movies like these anymore"? That's not to say that you're recent outings suck by any means, but if there is one major flaw that I have with them, it's that they've got nothing on this. What made Memento so great is that you were able to tell a mature and effective crime thriller without having to ponder to…