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  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    ★★★★

    I left the theater shaking, feeling nauseous, and with vertigo. I can barely believe any human completed this feat, and now I think Alex should be considered among the world's greatest athletes. He doesn't use just one muscle, he uses all of them; he fears losing, but he also must fear dying, even if his brain doesn't register fear like a normal human's does. What I like most in stories are the human aspects related to the situations, and my…

  • Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

    Richard Pryor: Live in Concert

    ★★★½

    Richard Pryor is as much actor as comedian in this. His gestures and accents are funny characters in themselves.

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    "A Star is Born" is long-form storytelling in movie form, and it's the most powerful movie I've seen in some time. I felt invested in the characters almost from the start and understood their turmoil without needing much background info. Looking back, the scenes that are most poignant are inevitable, yet when they came as I watched them, they felt like kidney punches.

    I knew very little about this going in, had not been aware of the positive reviews and warning to bring tissues, and that lack of expectation was also a bonus. This is a must-see for anyone who enjoys movies.

  • The Cider House Rules

    The Cider House Rules

    ★★★★

    I imagine this is an unadulterated adventure of someone in the 1940s who grew up sheltered, and then shipped off in his early twenties to explore the world. Perhaps I like it more because my dad, a typically action-only movie buff, admitted many years ago that he loved this movie. And in my teen years, I teased him for it and never let it go, now some 18 years later. It's fine, I'll still tease him for it. I'll even tease myself for really enjoying this slow, sad-overload but very rewarding movie.