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  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★

    What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? Three boobs. Resilient… highly contagious. Once three boobs have taken hold of the brain they’re almost impossible to eradicate. Three boobs that are fully formed - fully understood - that stick, right in there somewhere.

  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★★

    An appropriately life-affirming end to both Kieslowski's trilogy and career. The most accessible film of the three – with the theme of "fraternity" being handled as subversively as the trilogy's previous two themes – about a man's self-forgiveness and reintegration into society can probably ring true for those who've started to ruminate and clam up during quarantine. Watching this trilogy to the end also reminds you about how great a composer Zbigniew Preisner is, having composed three completely distinct scores for each film.

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    While Robert Elswit was just busy shooting two action franchises back to back around the same time The Master was in production, it’s not hard see how maybe - given this film’s style standing out from everything else their partnership has created - PTA decided just to use a different DP entirely.

    If anybody is still asking, “do you think our generation will ever get a double headed cast with the same power and prestige as Heat?”, it’s only because they…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Watching this film near the end of 2020 had me put it in perspective.

    At the start of this year, just three months before being hit by and acclimating to a pandemic, I was diagnosed with tinnitus, the cause of which I was pretty sure was hearing damage. The sensation, represented fairly consistently in this and other films (Come and See, A Star is Born) is indeed a steady tone - while mine, however, sounds like that heard when you see…