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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    This could be the prequel to Too Old to Die Young and would completely explain Teller’s characters complete disassociation with humanity.  Whiplash on the other hand is a instant classic portraying the themes of obsession and the cost of a dream.  Extremely well acted by both Simmons and Teller, Simmons however makes his performance in Oz somehow seem tame to this.

  • Obsessions

    Obsessions

    ★★★½

    This Dutch production really surprised me on how effectively that they emulated Hitchcock into this little thriller complete with an Herrmann score.  One day a painting falls from the wall in a medical students apartment leaving a small hole that he starts to observe the strange activities of his neighbor that usually involve women and sex, but something also a little more sinister that looks like a murder may have transpired.  The film flows nicely and just seems to have enough tension building the entire time to keep you completely sucked in till the nice abrupt ending that finishes the film nicely.

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  • Brain Damage

    Brain Damage

    ★★★★★

    Forget Requiem for a Dream, Less Than Zero, or The Basketball Diaries.  Brain Damage is the ultimate of anti-drug films.  The film has a perfect mix of comedy, horror, and tragedy.  Somehow this film has hit it's apex now, this is Frank Henenlotter's magnum opus.  From his typical NYC locales, the insane amount of practical effects, a protagonist that you can sympathize with, and a great use of self-referencing with characters from other Henenlotter films to show the fact that…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    Pure cinematic perfection, the best American film release of the last twenty years.  Daniel Day-Lewis is iconic as Daniel Plainview and easily his best performance, Greenwood’s score matches the film expertly, while Anderson’s screenplay is a revelation. Easily in my top 100 favorite films of all time.