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  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Le Samouraï
  • Zodiac
  • No Country for Old Men

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  • The Leopard

    ★★★★★

  • Night Moves

    ★★★½

  • Phantom Love

    ★★★

  • The Duke

    ★★★

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  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★★★

    "We were the leopards, the lions, those who take our place will be jackals and sheep, and the whole lot of us - leopards, lions, jackals and sheep - will continue to think ourselves the salt of the earth."

    A monumental achievement in how it captures a core contradiction in the human condition, The Leopard evokes the sorrow and melancholic tragedy of aging into an era where your time is past and the hopeful optimism of the next generation taking…

  • Night Moves

    Night Moves

    ★★★½

    "Well come on Harry take a swing at me! The way Sam Spade would!"

    Night Moves follows private investigator Harry Moseby (Gene Hackman) on a case to find 16 year old Delly (Melanie Griffith) and return her to his client, her mother. 

    Like a lot of the Neo Noir films of the period, it relies heavily on atmosphere and the journey at the expense of a concise narrative through line (by no means always a complaint). I won't dwell too…

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  • Phantom Love

    Phantom Love

    ★★★

    Thematically dense and visually interesting, Phantom Love is charged with on point feminist messaging and barely repressed confusion and rage. There are some truly incredible images that elicit a visceral response that resonate on a fairly direct level, yet the whole thing feels like drifting through a dream that floats away in wisps upon waking at the same time. It's a strange and ethereal movie and certainly worth checking out but it did feel as though it tread a lot of the same ground as Menkes' (in my humble opinion) superior Queen of Diamonds.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    Nicholas Cage plays Rob, a man who has removed himself from society and supports himself by selling gourmet truffles he and his beloved pet pig find to a wealthy restauranteur, Amir (Alex Wolff). At the point we join him, his routine is well established and it's clear that he has been doing this for a long time. It's also clear how much he loves his pig. And so the inciting event, the abduction of Pig, is far more heart wrenching…