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  • California Split

    ★★★★

  • The Hand

    ★★★

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

  • The Great Train Robbery

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  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★★

    One of the most insane, beautiful things I have ever witnessed. "All boundaries are imaginary", a film of nothing but the purest and most radical love, assembled with an audaciousness and scale that is practically unheard of in 21st century American cinema. About a quarter of it "doesn't work", the makeup is super questionable as often as it is insanely impressive, Tom Hanks spends a lot of time talking about "the true true". All of this is true (true) on…

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  • California Split

    California Split

    ★★★★

    Tell me where are you driving, midnite cruiser?
    Where is your bounty of fortune and fame?
    I am another gentleman loser,
    Drive me to Harlem, or somewhere the same

    This film has big Steely Dan energy. Funny, beautiful, technically astonishing, and desperately sad at its core. A story about men stuck so deep in cyclical ruts that they refuse to admit they're even in them. They're addicted to chasing a dream, but when they finally catch it, they realise it's…

  • The Hand

    The Hand

    ★★★

    This is maybe Wong's most restrained, minor key work. Minimal music, mostly static or very slow-moving camera set-ups, and very little in the way of visual or emotional fireworks. It's also pretty slight in my opinion. I watched the extended quasi-feature version of this, and maybe it works better in shorter form. But as it stands, I just didn't find this particularly affecting. It's beautiful, yes, and kind of hot, true to its source film's erotic intentions. But there just…

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  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★★

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

    When the chopper appears out of nowhere at the very end was the moment when cinema peaked. Everything since has been a vain attempt to match it.

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

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

    Watched this over a period of three weeks or so. Just one of the most brain-bending, beautiful, terrifying pieces of art I have ever experienced. Fair warning that this is basically going to be word vomit as I try to process this behemoth. Also, fair warning: I will only barely scratch the surface. I'm not sure this is my favourite thing Lynch has ever done but it is probably his defining statement as an artist. I don't think I understand…