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  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 26 Jun, 2016

    Midnight Special is like Starman and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial made love while Close Encounters of the Third Kind handed out mints.

    Jeff Nichols treats his own material with a ton of care, keeping it tense and suspenseful while still taking the time to ensure the emotional impact comes through. It is mysterious; sullen yet vital, and most of all respectful to both its audience and science fiction predecessors.

    NIchols is quickly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers and I now officially have high hopes for Loving.

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 18 Jun, 2016

    Even though this time did feel a bit bogged down and drawn out with the detailed backstory and character introductions, The Royal Tenenbaums is still a wonderful watch. All the usual Anderson touches are there - offbeat performances, overly detailed sets and costumes, perfectly utilized music, hilarious dialogue, violence against animals, vibrant shots and camera movements - but something about this family, the house at 111 Archer Avenue, and those that are trying desperately to join them is really compelling. Their rise and fall and plateau is satisfying, and it may just be comfort food, but this film works over and over and over for me.

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 14 Jul, 2014

    Charming and fun who-dunnit. The usual attention to detail, offbeat humor, and quirky Anderson style are all there. Mixed with interesting animation, period jumping, and aspect ratio tinkering, this is a great watch.

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall 2012

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 06 Jul, 2014

    Works as a spy film, action film, revenge film, and siege film. Does a good job at taking relatively small stakes (for a Bond film), and blowing them up on a grander scale. So easily digestible, this film is fun to watch, has the just the right amount of humor, and is the best looking Bond film ever.