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  • Paris, Texas 1984

    ★★★★★ Watched 29 Jul, 2014

    I haven't seen this since 1992. I had forgotten. What a beauty. Some of the most tender father/son scenes in cinema. To watch it is to read its influences (The Searchers and Taxi Driver, for starters) and all of the films it has influenced — including favorites as different as Midnight Run, Three Colors: White, and The Straight Story (which, I'm tempted to argue, was imagined as a sort of sequel, tracing so many similar threads.)

    Thank you, Barnes and Noble 1/2-off Criterion sale. This is a new blu-ray treasure for the collection

  • Boyhood 2014

    ★★★★ Added 1

    My full review is up at Looking Closer.

    Excerpt:

    What might audiences have thought of Boyhood if this ambitious filmmaking experiment had opened 25 years ago? We were, then, a population unaccustomed to "celebrating the moments of our lives" in moment-to-moment status updates and photographs with large communities if not the whole world.

    I suspect it would have been doubly impressive and strange for them than it is for us — to see this boy, Mason Jr., and the actor…

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  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 29 Aug, 2013 1

    I'm not the first person to say it, but it's true — this film, like the two before it, is designed to be seen a second time, when viewers will realize just how every fleeting moment either foretells upcoming events, sets up elaborate jokes, or reveals a punchline for a joke yet to be told. It's the fastest-moving, most confidently scripted and edited film I've seen this year. And the action scenes are dizzyingly joyous. When was the last time…

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2014

    "Drama holds a mirror up to life, but needn't reproduce it."

    Roger, Roger, Roger. Here I am watching a film about your departure, and I'm still jotting down things you said that will be worth quoting in my own film reviews.

    There is a lot to love in this film. I was particularly moved by Scorsese's testimony, and the testimonies of other filmmakers, regarding what it meant for someone to come along and really pay attention to what they had…