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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    In 1975, Bruce Springsteen wrote and recorded the greatest album of all-time 'Born to Run.' It begins with the greatest song of all-time "Thunder Road".

    It's a song that Bruce considers to be an invitation, not just in the subtext of the song but moreso literally as the introduction to his opus. I think he sells it a little short. The romantic images of escape and the pure catharsis of its coda have fueled me since discovering it 10 years…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    Colour me pleasantly surprised.

    Sure, with all the hype and acclaim, it should be a no brainer that this is a good movie. I didn't really doubt it'd be a great experience at least, even if the trailers spoiled the gist of the plot. However, Del Toro fans were rallying behind this as a Best Picture frontrunner and man did I not buy that a fish-fucking film would win. That doubt translated in me not being as excited for the…

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  • Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    ★★★★

    Lagaan has been on my watchlist forever, ever since I saw a '50 Films You Have to See Before You Die' programme on Channel 4 back in 2006, but I would probably say now was the perfect time to finally watch it.

    From the Bollywood films I've seen so far (this is number 8 within 6 weeks), this is absolutely the best one. Utterly sensational. It's remarkable how there are very little diminishing returns over its 4 hours. An incredible culture clash.

  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★½

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

    A sweet story about a bully's redemption after regret for his hateful actions drive him to near suicide. Very poignant.

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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    "Comedy is tragedy in a wide shot."

    Jim Cummings zooms in.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    I think Yorgos Lanthimos is Wes Anderson's evil twin brother. 

    I love them both dearly.

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    While I loved this enough based on execution and experience alone, I adore the way it explores the vicious cycle of justice and vengeance. It's a deeply unsettling film, made especially brilliant by the veiled insincerity of every character all the time. I'm on board for whatever Lanthimos does.