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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

Unhinged, swashbuckling, zany cinematography keeps this very long movie feeling loose and unpredictable to the end. After 25 years of disaster and setback, Terry Gilliam’s quixotic project took on an epic depth of meta-layering. 
Adam Driver delivers a warm and funny version of an unlikable character (or caricatured stand-in for the director himself). At its best moments it captures the magic of Fellini’s Mastroianni in 81/2; complete with larger than life set pieces. Jonathan Pryce is so fun to watch, and really hooks you with his anachronistic psychotic chivalry. 
Despite pacing issues in the third act, the movie makes up for it with a generous overflow of ideas. This sprawling slapstick comedy is a profound meditation on the price of art.

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A Cure for Wellness (2016)

I understand the mediocre reviews of this film, but I really love it. Its an excellent remix of Gothic Horror tropes, beautifully shot, deliciously twisted. Barefoot waif on a castle wall? Check. Spooky remote sanatorium? Check. Wacky twists? Incest? Perverse eel-science? Check, check, check!
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Walker (1987)

I was obsessed with Repo Man in High School and had been looking for a copy of this one for ages. And I was not disappointed! This movie is so strange and wonderful. The anachronisms (Coke bottles, the infamous helicopter finale) add a cutting critical edge to the movie – as it folds in the (at time of filming) contemporary Contra War in Nicaragua. The Alex Cox style punk ethos is bent into this quirky, quasi-historical, metaphorical, totally-mesmerizing, character study of colonial psychosis. The truth of an 1850s anti-hero with a White Savior Complex is hauntingly distilled in Ed Harris’s pitch perfect performance. Satire at its most poetic!