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  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Don't Look Now
  • Psycho
  • The Lighthouse

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  • The Witch

    ★★★★

  • The White Ribbon

    ★★★★★

  • Children of the Corn

    ★★½

  • The Bat

    ★★

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I thought it would be best to wait until I had seen The Witch a few times before posting a review.

    A few things that stood out after my 3rd viewing. 

    One of the most striking aspects is the visual style. Pain-staking efforts were taken to capture as much natural light as possible and it really pays off. There are now two cinematic examples from Eggers that demonstrate his skills as a visual director. In fact, all technical details are…

  • The White Ribbon

    The White Ribbon

    ★★★★★

    Haneke’s evaluation of rigid radicalism provides context to the dangers of repression and oppression. Filmed in stunning black and white, the story of a pre-WWII village is told to the audience through the lens of an unreliable narrator. The narrator openly admits at the start of the film that the events he sheds light on may not have actually happened how he tells them. The story follows children and adults in a conservative early 20th century Christian village. Strange and…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★½

    Sound of Metal is a borderline insulting drama that paints by the numbers and dehumanizes its main character. 

    Now, I know everybody loves it. Just give me a chance to explain.

    1. Let me get a few things out of the way. Yes, the sound design is strong. Yes, I appreciate that it does not focus on music and barely uses any score at all.
    Riz Ahmed carries the film, but he’s not putting forth a groundbreaking performance. He only…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Another Round is both a comedy and a tragedy. What we learn about alcohol culture is that drinking will make you do brave, sometimes valuable, and mostly destructive things. All of these behaviors are addicting in themselves, and I think that’s what the film covers very well. 

    Second, this is a visual picture. Shot and beautifully composed, Another Round showcases the prowess of its director and still maintains an evocative sense of realism. I think the shot of the empty…