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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★★★

    Out of all of my Oscar catch-up, this was the one I was least looking forward to, thinking it was going to be a ploddingly slow drama based on a few other reviews. Instead I was captivated (and often appalled) by a modern-day semi-adventure in a part of the world that I obviously don't know enough about.

    Now I can move up Manchester by the Sea into my Most-Dreaded slot.

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★

    Important. Well made. My initial reaction was that the ending wasn't as solid as I'd like (and was expecting after such heaps of praise), but then probably that it's not made for me and I should keep my white middle-aged opinions out of it.

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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    After newly calibrating my projector, I notice the subtlety of the green cast of the imagery from inside the matrix. It's mostly in the flesh tones, and doesn't usually affect the black leather or dark, rainy streets, which stay pretty neutral, or even lean a tiny bit blue. An impressive and subtle color grade.

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    ★★★★★

    I don't think I've ever seen Bogie this scraggly or paranoid before. Joke's on me.