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  • Midsommar
  • Boogie Nights
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★

  • You Only Live Twice

    ★★★½

  • Thelma & Louise

    ★★★★★

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  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★½

    Chaplin: His Life and Art: 76/?

    The Criterion Collection presents
    MODERN TIMES
    Spine #543

    Sing!! Never mind the words.

    The bulk of 2021 hasn't exactly been overwhelming in its kindness. When I first started my journey into the life and art of Charlie Chaplin, I certainly didn't expect that I'd still be going about it some 18 months later—nearly as long, in fact, as the sabbatical Charlie took after the release of City Lights. He traveled the world in those…

  • Submarine

    Submarine

    ★★★★★

    Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19
    Week 1: Coming of Age in the 2010s

    None of this will matter when I’m 38.

    An essential coming-of-age film. An essential British film. Low-budget and unpolished, but still beautiful and even more charming because of it.

    I have already turned these moments into the Super-8 footage of memory. 

    I’m having a hard time finding the words for this movie. It feels very personal to me; I’ve lived parts of it, in a way. Oliver feels…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    As far as legacy sequels go, this is pretty much as good as it gets; just enough fan service to keep the crowd happy, but also holding its own too—coming 35+ years after its predecessor, it has to, or it risks shrinking to a footnote to the former's glory.

    Maverick's reputation precedes it, and its legacy was pretty much etched in stone from the moment it was released. It towers above the original in every conceivable way (except homoeroticism, of…

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★

    —This gives me a hard-on.
    —Don't tease me.

    Been seeing people coming in for weeks to watch Maverick wearing Top Gun shirts and hats and really getting the sense of the cultural phenomenon that took place when they were in middle school. Guess I had to be there, because I wouldn't have given this a second look.

    How'd they manage to make such a blatantly homosexual experience so painfully heterosexual? Everything is there, there's so much build-up, and then no…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★½

    Don't try to understand it.

    Nolan gives you the key to enjoying it early: just accept that he's gone much, much deeper than anyone wanted him to.

    The set pieces are impressive, but when the Master Filmmaker of Our Time essentially rolls out a Fast & Furious with a time-travel aura, you know we're in trouble. The problem may be, in fact, that we've given this man far too much credit; any legitimate writer who sees both Dom Cobb and The…

  • The Circus

    The Circus

    ★★★★★

    Go ahead and be funny.

    Far and away the most entertaining of Chaplin's features. The gags are all hits; he's an absolute joy to watch. The chemistry between himself and The Girl is also one of the most realistic of all his leading ladies, despite the film not focusing as much on the romance, which honestly works in its favor. The film is at its best when it's Chaplin in the ring, and thankfully that takes up the majority.

    The…