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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    What happens when your slice of life is too small, and keeps shrinking? That’s one of the questions The Florida Project asks of its audience. While ostensibly about the small-scale adventures of adorable kids exploring the odd, surreal environment that is Kissimmee, Florida, the movie eventually reveals much darker tones. There’s a slow, uneasy, steady progression to the point where we understand the real stories behind these innocent kids and it is profoundly sad. 


    Actually, the real lesson of the…

  • God's Own Country

    God's Own Country

    ★★★½

    In an environment that might be best described as “coldscrabble,” a story of love, loss and redemption takes hold. Strenuously authentic to a fault, the movie is unflinching in its portrayal of rural English farm life. 

    Gotta say I wasn’t on board with these two consistently.  It’s one of those films that (for me) needs the crutch of subtitles, which sometimes can be distracting, but just as I would start to stray the movie managed to draw me back in…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    Perhaps closer to 4 1/4 stars. As a superhero movie, it’s competent, occasionally thrilling, some decent humor, ticks off all the expected boxes but really nothing that hasn’t come before. Falls into the familiar Marvel trope of the bad guy having similar powers as the hero. 

    Where Black Panther rises above the typical superhero movie is in the tale of relationships. Amidst the incredible Wakandan backstory, rich with sights we haven’t seen before, we’re introduced to palace intrigue that’s practically…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    So much to savor upon successive viewings. 

    From the little things, like the “It’s A Sony” decal on Elio’s Walkman. I had a similar model back then and the decal is a nice brief, tiny bit of thoughtful art direction. 

    Love the sound of that shutter banging in the wind. That house is almost a character in the movie on its own. It should be; it’s the safe and special place where the relationship starts, develops and ultimately blooms. 


    And...…