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  • Moonlight
  • The Wind Rises
  • Spirited Away
  • Millennium Actress

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  • Heaven Reaches Down to Earth

    ★★★★

  • Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

  • And Then We Danced

    ★★★★½

  • The Actress

    ★★★★★

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  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★½

    "This is my gift... my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man."

    Live-action comic book films have never been better than Raimi's first two Spider-Man movies (I'm very excited to revisit 2 tomorrow).

    Remember when big-budget blockbuster superhero movies could just be about ordinary people, with ordinary problems and lives, thrust into extraordinary circumstances? There are some MCU movies that I like, but nothing in that universe has a heart like this. I teared up a few times, to be honest.…

  • Half Nelson

    Half Nelson

    ★★★★★

    I mean I don't want to wax poetic about the power of movies and all that, but this shit? This shit?? This is what movies are for. Dan Dunn is such a fully realized and fleshed out person, thanks to a combination of remarkable writing, deceptively canny direction, and an absolutely transcendent performance by Ryan Gosling. The ability to create such a full impression of a human being in just two hours, of taking a little corner of the world…

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    Fucking loved every second of this. Not even going to bother trying to write a coherent sentence about it on first viewing but here are some scattered thoughts and feelings and vibes I had while watching it.

    -Katherine Waterston might be the hottest person in the history of movies

    -I was only barely keeping track of what the fuck was happening but I had such a blast with it

    -PTA might be the greatest filmmaker ever tbh

    -Robert Elswit might…

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★½

    It's fine. I admire that, occasionally, it tries to be something more, but it only very rarely is more than what it is: a relatively incoherent if well-made buddy cop movie that's a bit long with a final action sequence that doesn't live up to its own buildup or budget. I enjoyed watching it, I doubt I'll revisit it any time soon. All of which to say, it's a Marvel Cinematic Universe entry. It's much more the rule than the exception of a franchise built on consistent fine-ness.