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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    Airy & brisk. Light & bouncy like a Mozart concerto. Gerwig rearranging the chronology of scenes to create a kind of tone poem with emotional valleys & peaks. The scenes really are like shifting movements in a concerto or something.
    There’s a lot of discussion about the visual quality with shooting on film stock, but imagine the work and preparation also required just to physically go through & cut all of that...and then to assemble those images in such an inventive, personal, & impactful way.…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    John Williams’ finesse with storytelling surpasses anyone who has worked on a Star Wars screenplay. The way motifs for Vader, Ren & Rey intertwine is a nice musical throughline for the saga. Think of all the ancient things that are only still kept alive simply because they are set to John Williams music (Olympic games, Meet the Press, Home Alone, Sunday Night Football).

    Rise of Skywalker, not a terrible experience. I wasn’t bored or annoyed. I enjoyed some of it for…

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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…