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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2016

    Holy shit! A movie that is billed as a comedy that is actually funny. It is possible to take a timeworn premise and do something fresh with it, it seems, if your heart is in it. Nice work by all here, dialogue, direction, acting (well, maybe not Kim Basinger so much, but I'll give her a pass), and very nice photography. Ryan Gosling shows he has a gift for physical comedy, and he works well with Russell Crowe. It definitely exceeded any expectations my cynical self brought to it. I like the way Shane Black makes movies. I hope he will make them more often.

  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings 2016

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Aug, 2016

    Why don't films like this get more attention? We sat through a few trailers for upcoming animated features before Kubo began, and most of it just seemed like the same old shit to me, and then this wonderful film began, and I was taken away. It was the night after opening night, and the theater was maybe 40% full, with a fair number of kids in attendance. I thought we might have to deal with a lot of chatter and…

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 21 Feb, 2012 8

    A second viewing made quite an impression on me. I loved this film even more and I suspect I will have the same reaction each time I see it. I saw myself in the father and the sons, and it brought to mind lying on the grass as a child on the prairies, staring up at the biggest sky imagineable and wondering what's out there and where do we fit into all of it. Great film.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love 2000

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 15 Dec, 2012

    A rewatch bumps this up to five star territory for me. After the first time I saw it, it stayed with me a long time, and kept popping into my head periodically thereafter. Now I can safely place it on my list of all time favourites. Beautiful in every conceivable way, from the gorgeous cinematography to the low key performances of the two central characters, to the wonderful way music is used throughout the film (I particularly loved the Nat…