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  • Home Alone

    ★★★★

  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★★★½

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★★

  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    (Edit: I slept on this and I actually love it. Bumping half a star). 

    A remarkable spectacle. The industrial aesthetic and gargantuan scale is captured and deployed expertly by Denis et al. The tone is managed consistently, and the world is realized strongly and faithfully. Dune feels like it is speaking to both the Frank Herbert novel as well as the Lynch predecessor, but does not compromise its own deliberate, methodical progression. But it did struggle with pacing in its…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    TIFF 2021

    A profoundly moving film about grief, regret, and a Saab 900 Turbo, exploring the understanding of one’s self before it is possible to thoroughly engage with another. 

    I’ll be honest here. It’s late. I’m drained. I feel like I’ll ramble while processing the film. Please forgive the word salad that may follow. 

    This Ryusuke Hamaguchi visualization of the Haruki Murakami short story that sees its characters tackle Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is tied together by the curious choice…

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★★★½

    "Hallelujah! Holy shit! Where's the Tylenol?"

    Yes. It’s the same as the last review.

  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★★

    An all-timer of a last shot. 

    A remarkable display of tone control. It is equal parts thrilling, hilarious and dangerous, without undermining or sacrificing any of them for another. It tears along on its 104 minute runtime with absolutely no fat, employing an energetic score and sharp editing that matches the whip smart performances made by all the key players. And I have lots of love for Jerry Stiller. How is this not thee 70s New York film?

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  • The Conjuring

    The Conjuring

    ★★★★

    Alright, horror-leaning cinephiles. You can get all barred up over Aster and Eggers as modern masters of horror. But James Wan has been delivering horror movies the way you think you remember them being for a while now. The Conjuring is popcorn studio horror at its finest, and sometimes (read: most times) that’s all I’m looking for. Wan is the George Washington and Abraham Lincoln of my 21st century horror Mt. Rushmore.

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

    The vocal performances by Nick Mancuso, Bob Clark, Albert Dunk and Ann Sweeny are some of the most unnerving and effecting in all cinema. 

    I don’t know what else there is to say that hasn’t already been said to death about this movie. It manages to be so uncomfortably dark and outrageously funny at any given moment. It deserves as much credit and appreciation for the genre’s origins as Halloween, but I fear that as a Christmas movie among countless…