Trainspotting (1996)

An unforgettable, exceedingly earnest, enormously captivating portrayal of junkie culture in Scotland. Just as the characters of the film oscillate between manic energy and creativity, and depressing turns to darkness, the production of the film itself goes for broke for duality, with the infectiously fun (perhaps “addictive” would be the more appropriate descriptor) soundtrack, and…

Silence (2016)

“Silence” is a monumental, breathtaking, unforgettable film, questioning the nature and function of religion, martyrdom, imperialism, materialism, idolatry, and faith. I’m shocked how far Scorsese went in confronting issues so many (whether Catholic or otherwise, or even religious or otherwise) would take for granted as basic cultural assumptions. Credit must of course be given to…