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  • O'er the Land
  • Basic Training
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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★½

  • I, Tonya

    ★★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★★½

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  • The Yards

    The Yards

    ★★★★½

    Streaking pinpoints of light materialize from the black of the opening credits, establishing a “light/dark/light” motif for the high-contrast visuals to come. The lens opens to reveal a perspective from the back of an L train exiting a cavernous tunnel. It’s Wahlberg’s Leo Handler on this train, recently released from prison, traveling alone through the bowels of the city. He seems to be taking the long way home, perhaps because he feels humiliated in returning to his family and traumatized…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    “I don’t even know what a star is exactly.” Last words of Ed Miller before being shot down from behind by Jesse James. Ballistic discharge from Jesse James’ pistol likened to stars in the sky.

    The magnetism & unresolved tension between Pitt/Affleck through the whole film is staggering.
    The dinner scene is when I finally got on board with the ebb & flow of the story, when Affleck’s Robert Ford lets down his guard. His eyes get moist. He quietly confides to…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    I just watched this at a pride month repertory screening in an empty theater and it hit me like a tidal wave. The best treatise on love and the artistic process I've ever seen in a movie. In terms of artistic process, it's of course about the creation of images and the active participation of the "muse" in how the work is created. It touches on the "end" of the artistic process too, the consumption of a work/works of art…

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★½

    Yeah, sure, it checks out. I've surveyed the evidence and this is "overhyped"...as the folks who get paid the big money to cultivate film discourse like to say...overhyped, with its 3.4 average rating and bare bones marketing, Crimes of the Future is a...crime of overhype. See what I did there???

    Okay, that's not actually a pun, but you know what? Body is reality and this movie is real good and Cronenberg is a real old time director and real emotional…

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  • The Panic in Needle Park

    The Panic in Needle Park

    ★★★★

    Love the poster for this one.
    Some of my favorite films were released in 1971; so this month, I've decided to work my way through watching Letterboxd's highest rated films for that year. Panic in Needle Park isn't among the highest rated on this site, but I see no reason why it shouldn't be; dismal and unpalatable as it is.

    I'm usually not a fan of the genre; I just don't like seeing needles going into arms and people getting…

  • The Unknown Known

    The Unknown Known

    ★★★★½

    “I wanna make a list of things I’ve done for the Pentagon, including getting rid of words.” – Donald Rumsfeld

    Unlike 'Fog of War', this was never meant to be some cathartic exposé that aims to make Rumsfeld feel accountable for his blunders. Before even watching it, I knew this wouldn't be the case. I've seen enough Rumsfeld interviews to know that Morris wouldn't have gotten very far, even if he tried. As predicted, Rumsfeld remained self-satisfied with what he…