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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

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

    88

    Okay, that's it—I'm officially done considering that Interstellar isn't a genuinely wonderful movie.

    I've read the criticisms, some of which are valid. There's numerous examples of dialogue that's too on-the-nose and exposition heavy, some of the casting is a little off, and the idea of love being some sort of cross-dimensional, quantifiable force is not handled particularly well (although it's not nearly as movie-breaking as deniers would have you believe). I'll even admit that on subsequent rewatches these flaws…

  • Shaun of the Dead

    Shaun of the Dead

    ★★★★½

    89

    Perhaps a controversial opinion, but the Cornetto trilogy peaked early with Shaun of the Dead (as much as I love the latter two). It's all killer and no filler from front to back as Edgar Wright's unique blend of superb action-comedy runs wonderfully alongside some classic horror tropes, and the fact that this film feels so wonderfully fresh is a testament to its lasting quality. There's also so many classic gags that have lived long in the memory and, for me at least, this'll always remain the best of the trio.

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  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    ★½

    22

    This is a film that starts with some promise but ultimately fizzles out without making any sort of tangible impact on the viewer. As is often the case with modern-day Hollywood, film executives seem more focused on creating movies that spend more time laying the groundwork for sequels within a franchise rather than making the film in question work well in and of itself. I don't know when The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat II: Makin' it…

  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    Film #1 of the Letterboxd Season Challege 2015-16
    Roger Ebert Week

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    Given the relatively scarce number of 21st century films featured on Roger Ebert's Great Movies list, I expected Lost in Translation to be, at the very least, really good. However, having just finished watching it, I can safely say that not only did it meet the lofty expectations I had for it, it managed to leave me absolutely spellbound. I loved this movie.

    The beauty in this film…