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  • Nashville
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • For All Mankind
  • Something Wild

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  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    ★★★★★

  • Memories of Murder

    ★★★½

  • Badlands

    ★★★★½

  • Walkabout

    ★★★

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  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★½

    Fairly obvious its inimitability derives simply from how tactical this gets. Like Mann with Thief, he’s showing his full hand here while already anticipating the next deal—and never coming across cocky about it. Which is to say, “Written, produced & directed by Terrence Malick.” Respect. Peerless film.

  • Brand New Cherry Flavor

    Brand New Cherry Flavor

    ★★★

    Judging by the film’s temporality — episodes picking up immediately where the preceding left off, one actually starting with “So now what?”; length of particular plot beats and how windy the narrative is; etc — I’m in the camp that this is cinema. For my taste, it’s a bit thematically self-indulgent, not to mention downright tacky at times. There’s little substantial atmosphere born entirely out of generically bizarre visual flair, which I pretty much pinned down right from the start;…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Sure sex is great but have you ever seen Parasite?

  • Super Mario Bros.

    Super Mario Bros.

    A thoroughly confounding movie. I feel as though suggesting it’s “so aggressively it’s own thing” is giving Super Mario Bros. an astounding amount of credit. (Can’t say I’m keen on the suggestions that this is a beautifully purposeful Marxist/anti-cop film that panned out for not being a hugely faithful adaptation.) Not sure how anyone can watch this — with knowledge of the production — and not come away thinking the film is a trash heap. 

    What a fascinating, tremendously horrendous…