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  • Jaws
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • Out of Sight
  • The Aviator's Wife

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  • Freaky

    ★★★

  • Whiplash

    ★★★★

  • Taking back the Legislature

    ★★

  • Inside the Red Brick Wall

    ★★½

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  • Sherlock, Jr.

    Sherlock, Jr.

    ★★★★★

    Physical comedy's zenith. Buster Keaton's work here feels instinctively genius and effortlessly mind-blowing, even a hundred years later. Yes, the show-stopping stunts will be this film's legacy, but there's much to appreciate in the more subtle aspects as well. Having replayed the capital-b Big stunts dozens of times, during this rewatch I found renewed appreciation in the humor of the transitory shots, like the bit after Sherlock Jr. takes the boom barrier down from the roof into the fugitive's car.…

  • Amarcord

    Amarcord

    ★★½

    Still can't believe my freshman year film professor showed my class the titsucking scene.

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  • Eros + Massacre

    Eros + Massacre

    ★★½

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  • L'Avventura

    L'Avventura

    ★★★½

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

    There's something inherently difficult and paradoxical about telling compelling stories about the well-off experiencing ennui. After all, the empty lives of these privileged (and often shallow) characters don't naturally swell to some groundbreaking revelation or narrative in the traditional sense. Filmmakers like Fellini and Sorrentino have attempted to avoid this problem by contrasting hollow inward thought against ostentatious outward display. Antonioni opts a similar strategy here in L'Avventura, but the extravagance is mostly on a meta, audience-only level, i.e. deep…