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  • The Long Goodbye
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Red Shoes
  • Come and See

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  • Dirty Harry

    ★★★★

  • Mark Kozelek On Tour: A Documentary

  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    ★★★★½

  • Fitzcarraldo

    ★★★★½

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  • Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    I don’t have a review. I just wanted to tell the story about the first time I watched Fire Walk With Me. It was a letdown. Even by Lynch standards, FWWM made no sense. 

    Then the credits rolled and I realized that I had been watching “Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces” the entire time. I’d sat through 90 minutes of deleted scenes from Fire Walk With Me thinking it was the actual movie. 

    I’m a dumbass.

  • 3 Women

    3 Women

    ★★★★★

    The feminine id, ego, and superego in submerged in a blue pool of psychosexual violence. That’s the most concise way I can boil down the essence of 3 Women into a single sentence. It's a masterpiece of dreamlike atmosphere.

    Bodhi Wind's grotesque sand paintings are characters in their own right. The pools are a perfect visual and symbolic companion for 3 Women's desert setting. If you look hard enough, you'll find an immense beauty under the surface of desolation.

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  • Mark Kozelek On Tour: A Documentary

    Mark Kozelek On Tour: A Documentary

    Mark Kozelek take the Aerosol Can Challenge

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    ★★★

    Was left really cold by both this and Tropical Maladay. Beautiful in many ways but I just couldn’t connect to the emotional throughline that so clearly defines Uncle Boonmee and (I’m sure) the rest of Weerasethakul’s work.

    It’s strange because I know there’s a core of emotional truth to the film. I can sense it so vividly yet I’m unable to unlock it and see this for the masterpiece it’s regarded as.

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  • Time to Die

    Time to Die

    ★★★★

    I’m both a cinephile and a second generation Mexican-American. Taking both those things into account, I’m embarrassed by how little I know about Mexican film history. While putting together a list of acclaimed Mexican films, no director stood out to me more than Arturo Ripstein. The son of Alfredo Ripstein (a famed producer during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), Arturo Ripstein's films are lauded for their subversive and disturbing nature. His work features deconstructions of sex, death, violence, gender identity,…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    I keep replaying the infamous scene in my head. Hearing Isabelle Adjani scream and flail in the subway tunnel. It's a raw power that no combination of words could do justice to describe. Director Andrzej Zulawski told Adjani that he wanted her "to fuck the air." To think of the scene as symbolic of her making love to the very Earth itself. Reflecting on Adjani's uncompromising performance, Zulawski said "I was more a witness than a director."

    Possession's shooting style…