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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    The highest praise I can give this film is that the scene between Royal and Etheline where he tells her he's dying feels as approximate to how I feel about the relationship between my own parents as I've ever seen on film, television or pretty much anywhere that wasn't my own home. I won't get any deeper than that about it, but I will say it's a recent revelation despite having lived with this being buried in my subconscious after…

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★★★

    My recent revelation about this, is that more than any other of Wes Anderson's movies, there is a lot that goes unsaid or unexplained. I'm not entirely sure what to make of it, except that it does speak to the kind of relationship that can only happen between siblings. Where a simple inflection of body language tells one what the other is thinking, without so much as a sigh coming out.

    I think with each of his films, there is…

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.

    Tom Cruise (in arguably…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…