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  • Open Water

    ★★

  • Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

  • Donkey Skin

    ★★★★

  • Sing Street

    ★★★

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  • Cats

    Cats

    ★★★★★

    THE JELLICLE FILM MANIFESTO

    Still one of the most delightfully ambitious, affectionate, gag-a-minute feelgood movies I’ve seen in ages. So wonderfully strange and earnest. I do have a couple significant objections (the racist way the film deploys the featured dancers of Les Twins, the decision to keep both “fat cat” songs in their entirety and add more adlibs from them, the particular placement of Beautiful Ghosts leading to a pretty long downer segment that undercuts Gus the Theater Cat) and…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    My fiancè tells a story about this guy she helped on the customer service line at work. This guy had his dues set to be paid at the end of the month, and he said, “oh, great! i have a surgery set two days prior.” she offered to set a delayed due date and he said, “no, no, i’m just hoping i die on the table. 73 is too long. after 66, it’s just burying people you love. so, yeah, we’ll see what happens!”

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  • Open Water

    Open Water

    ★★

    it's honestly pretty crazy that something this low budget and offputting ever was marketed as a must-see horror movie. it's very much closer to a psychological drama in the style of the blair witch project, but even that film has its incredible moments of horror payoff. it's honestly also impressive to make something this low-budget almost entirely set in the water??

    of course, this movie has lived in my brain for almost twenty years now because of its marketing campaign…

  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★★

    Archetypal and purely romantic, just one of the most aesthetically pleasurable and exciting films I've ever seen.

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  • Seven Years in Tibet

    Seven Years in Tibet

    "I am beginning to think this whole expedition was a mistake."

    Me too, Brad. Me too.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    Ex Machina is simultaneously a film of this moment and a film which can last beyond it; its concerns about the objectification and domestication of women, its depiction of the hypermasculine domestication by web technologists of its consumers, and its concerns about levity in a time of moral panic all should hold some resonance for many years and spin from our very current concerns. One of the better dramas of the last several years, Ex Machina has that special touch…