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  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★★

    One of my formative cinematic experiences was discovering David Cronenberg during my mid to late teens and running through every film of his that I could get my hand on. His body horror stuff in the ‘70s and ‘80s especially blew my mind, and the ways that he brought those elements into his work even as he evolved into other areas. It’s been a sad time not having any new films from him in almost a decade now, and his…

  • Hyenas

    Hyenas

    ★★★★½

    Senegalese filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty directed two feature films in his career, and they’re both absolutely sensational. His first, 1973’s Touki Bouki, is considered one of the forebears of African cinema, and for very good reason. It would be almost twenty years before he released his second feature, Hyenas, but in it he shows that he didn’t lose a step during that time away from features. It’s devastating that he wasn’t able to make more films, but I’m certainly grateful…

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  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

    ★★★

    These were some of the movies in theaters the weekend that Insomnia came out in 2002: Enough, Unfaithful, Changing Lanes, Murder by Numbers, Panic Room, High Crimes

    I miss these kinds of movies, which Insomnia certainly slots into. Nolan’s one and only picture that he didn’t write feels like a passing of the guard from those late ‘90s crime thrillers to the Nordic crime stories that would come on strong in the late ‘00s into the 2010s.

    It’s also, of…

  • Klute

    Klute

    ★★★

    Struggles to balance the paranoia thriller with the character study, ultimately being interesting yet lacking in each aspect. The star of the show here is Gordon Willis, doing some of his finest work so early in his career. He was Pakula’s not-so-secret weapon this decade, and watching this again made me want to just go on a marathon of watching every movie he ever lensed (minus the Woody ones).

    The first time I saw this movie was a decade ago,…

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  • The To Do List

    The To Do List

    ½

    My To Do List:

    01. Invent time travel.
    02. Go back in time.
    03. Stop myself from ever seeing this movie.

  • Mortdecai

    Mortdecai

    ½

    It's January so fuck it, right?