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  • Oliver!

    ★★

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  • Oliver!

    Oliver!

    ★★

    Adam & Justin's Letterboxd Movie Club - Best Picture: 1968

    This film has all of the elements needed to tug at my heartstrings. However, these moments were fleeting while watching Oliver! . The film wears out its welcome within 30 minutes by transporting every aspect of the stage performance to the screen. This includes stretching the musical numbers their absolute length. And there are moments in this film where the entire cast (including the extras) communicate and/or narrate events that could’ve…

  • Gigi

    Gigi

    ★★½

    Adam & Justin's Letterboxd Movie Club - Best Picture: 1958

    Make no mistake: Gigi is a film that flourished due to the universal appeal of the musical. On its own, its can’t hold a candle to another musical about a young woman being groomed for Courtesanship and/or marriage. I’m referring to the 1964 Best Picture winner, My Fair Lady.

    This is a film that can be lauded for its individual parts, mainly the costume and production design, which take us into…

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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★

    I’ve been wanting to jot down something about this film for a minute now. And I’m pretty sure that this film's been covered from about every angle imaginable. So let me try approaching it from this angle. Let’s talk about my pity for Sal.

    When I mention a pity for Sal, I’m not referring to pity for the man himself. I’m referring to his desire to cling to whiteness, the construction of it, and the burden it places on black…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★

    Who is this film for? And what is it looking to accomplish? 

    These are the two questions that have been swirling around in my mind almost a week later after watching Green Book, Peter Farrelly's racial road movie about the classically trained pianist Don Shirley, Tony "Lip" Vallenlonga, and their 1960's journey through the deep south. I know the answer to both questions, but I don't think Peter knows and I don't think that co-writer Nick Vallenlonga knows either. But…