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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    An elegy for rationalism, a tone poem of madness and fire and smoke, a film about the impossibility of understanding, taking place in a gulf of unreality that descends upon the characters like rain, soaking them in despair.

  • Munich

    Munich

    ★★★★★

    Digs deep into cycles of violence and the futileness of anything, even when it's for a worthy cause. Spielberg comes full circle, to the decade he started in, deploying and referencing both De Palma and Coppola, as he peeks out from the subtext, seemingly worried that maybe this isn't working anymore, just like the characters in the film work so hard to make a home for themselves, only to realize that by doing so they're unable to live within the…

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  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★★

    Jesus Christ. Holy shit. What the fuck.

    Four minutes into this, I had already decided that I would give this film five stars. It's that good. The rest of it did not disappoint, but fucking hell. Goddamn it.

    Piano music will never be the same.

  • Like Crazy

    Like Crazy

    ★★★★★

    About 30 minutes into this, I broke. Completely. And pretty much stayed in that state for the rest of the film.

    A quiet, intense, honest, bitter and utterly heartbreaking look at love. Possibly the best movie I've seen in a long, long time. There are so many great things about it, so much that I loved. So many clever uses, fantastic performances, fantastic scenes.... I can't praise this movie enough. It's fantastic that even in our times, there are people capable of telling stories about love that actually feel fresh.

    I loved it.