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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    I really am not sure how to write about this film except that it held me in its grasp, shook me, and moved me in a way very few films have in the past few years. I can see why not everyone would feel the same way as it is a very specific film, but I found it an exceptional exploration of faith, religion, suffering, forgiveness, goodness, Catholicism, colonialism (of Asia, specifically), and God. It’s a stunning achievement.

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★½

    Well-intentioned film that never really decides what it wants to be: impressionist whirlwind of a life’s biggest moments or a gritty character study. It tries to be too cute, it tries to be both, and despite the obvious craft of the film, it loses a lot of its potential power by wanting to be too many things.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★

    Charming as all get out with some excellent, excellent songs. And well, that’s all this flick really needed, right? Also, Jack Reynor kills a monologue and I love how much John Carney loves music.