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  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★★

    The wait to go back to the cinema was exceptionally worth it. With gratitude, I returned with an all-time favorite film, sharing the experience with my friend Zebra — a very thoughtful writer and excellent follow.

    Fargo has always had a special place in the American cinema. It carries such precise regional specificity, in a way American films rarely do, if they are not in LA or NY.

    That is, the film is its own whole universe. It is what these…

  • Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    Tom Clancy's Without Remorse

    Specificity is everything in cinema. In fact, it’s what makes Tom Clancy endlessly adaptable. He had the greatest knack for deeply specific military writing. While the books could spend a whole page on the function and history of a type of bullet, there was another aspect there: he wrote every book as though it were a primer for a screenplay. It always seemed self-evident in the writing that these scenarios would fit the screen. Because they are so specific, there…

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  • Underworld U.S.A.

    Underworld U.S.A.

    ★★★½

    Mmm the easy efficiency of lean muscular noir. Samuel Fuller seems to have a knack for this sort of noir, it plays as though it’s the only way the movie could be. And boy, does this one move! The first ten minutes establish a full story arc, a climax and every else, and it’s just such a bright and nicely made crime thriller, that ably moves old themes into a modern crime drama, that it all just works out right.…

  • Ernest & Celestine

    Ernest & Celestine

    ★★★★

    I like aesthetic cute animations that really help us feel something. Ernest & Celestine is right in that perfect niche, of endearing and wonderfully conceived animation that offers a really beautiful alternative to what the studios are making. Lovely stuff.

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  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    The palpable disappointment on my four year old’s face is the most damning review of the year.

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    Dear Ezra,

    I know. Quarantine is hard on everyone. But for the developing mind of a child, it is almost unthinkable. I know, when you ask when your friends can come over, you no longer expect a result. When you ask if you can go ice skating or do ballet lessons, that we both realize the reality of the moment. That when you ask when we go to the movie theater, I realize very well how much it meant to…