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  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★½

    Spielberg just doesn't really bring the book to life. It was always going to be difficult, but what is on screen is quite disappointing coming from him. The tone is all over the place. I did not get on board at all.

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★★

    Four years since the last rewatch? Crazy, because this really is a masterpiece. I had forgotten just how good it is, how gorgeous it is to look at.

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Brutal, but it earns it, the way the violence is used. Lot of weight on characters, and little moments, which I dug.

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★½

    Like everybody says, it's just awesome to hang out with these guys. Most fun 2 hours I've had with a movie in a good while.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★★

    Funniest film I've seen in quite a while. Ryan Gosling nails every scene here, he's so funny, so brilliant at physical comedy. The 70's setting, the music, the clothes, the moustaches, the mermaids, the horse, the Waltons... everything is fantastic.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★

    It has to be said that The Neon Demon was watched in less than perfect conditions, and the last 20 minutes or so were really ruined for me, so I feel like a rewatch might hit me with full impact and take it up a notch. Though, perfect conditions or not, I do feel like on a first watch it's a slightly lesser Refn film.

    It's as gorgeous to look at as anything else he's done, and the score is absolutely amazing - almost steals the spotlight. It's that good. But overall, still a lot of thoughts and feelings that need to settle.

  • Midnight Special

    Midnight Special

    ★★★★★

    Jeff Nichols is a master at depicting real and beautiful families, the way they interact and deal with each other. Fantastic film, with an absolutely beautiful score. David Wingo is a great composer, and he always delivers perfect music for Nichols' films. Shannon continues being fantastic, but I might even think Edgerton steals the show a little bit. Subtly, but so perfectly.

  • Talk to Her

    Talk to Her

    ★★★★

    It's got the classic Almodovar where it can take it turn out of nowhere, but still make sense. One of his better ones definitely.

  • All That Jazz

    All That Jazz

    ★★★★★

    And then you just come across a masterpiece. Bobby! I gotta watch more of his stuff. Usually I'm not a musical guy, but it just works here. Because, because, because, he brings the cinematic element. It's not just people singing, it's about the way they're framed, about the things Fosse wants us to see in a given shot, about the cuts, the pans, fades, the magic. Incredible energy on display, it's nonstop for 2 hours, no rest, and Scheider is just all-out fantastic.

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★½

    Another great film from Powell and Pressburger. Looks gorgeous and feels unlike most things I've seen from that era.

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★★

    Stunning to look at, colourful, but in a muted, downbeat sort of way. It's very slow, though, but worth it by the time it's over.

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown

    The Broken Circle Breakdown

    ★★★★

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

    That's a downer, if ever I saw one, but there are great moments of beauty in here as well. Most of all it's the performances by the two leads. Stellar stuff, really powerful.