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  • River of Grass

    River of Grass

    ★★★★

    Despite the stereotypically '90s-arthouse uses of form and storytelling devices found throughout River of Grass (cinematically playful Reichardt is quite a treat), the film fits nicely into Reichardt’s oeuvre in terms of theme. From the beginning, Reichardt has told stories about characters determined to escape their present situation, even though they remain unable to move forward or make progress. Such stuck characters can be found in Wendy and Lucy or Meek’s Cutoff (her other films I haven't seen as well)…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    David Lynch's final film, in many ways, can be seen as his masterpiece, everything that he built up in his artist's journey - the unique perspective of nightmarish landscapes and complete submergence into the uncanny. All that's come to typify him is present here, present and at its most extreme. The fact of the matter is that Inland Empire (2006) is the most Lynchian film of his filmography, which is precisely what makes it his most impenetrable. I can explain…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    IF YOU DON’T LIKE THIS MOVIE, READ THIS AND HOPEFULLY YOU’LL APPRECIATE IT A BIT MORE. After seeing all the reactions to this film it has actually pushed me to really think more about or even have the desire to rewatch any film I watch in order to truly understand it. People like to pass definitive judgements on a film after having watched it once and missed the point of the whole movie. I’ve done this in the past but…

  • Inland Empire

    Inland Empire

    ★★★★★

    Somewhere between Last Year at Marienbad, a student film shot on an iPhone, Vertigo, and Mulholland Drive - I love it. Also, weirdly, Tenet? In the sense that, in both Lynch and Nolan’s respective films, there are sequences that play with the metaphysics of time (in cinema, reality, dreams, and memories), where characters are vaguely and obscurely aware of what occurs in the past, present, and future - viewing themselves and anything else from these varying temporal perspectives. Only, Inland…