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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★

    "O’er all there hung the shadow of a fear,
    A sense of mystery the spirit daunted,
    And said, as plain as whisper in the ear,
    The place is haunted."
    - Thomas Hood, "The Haunted House"

    What a film. Beautifully shot, melancholic, mercifully concise, and even slyly funny meditation on the slipperiness of time and memory. How mesmerizing it is to follow a ghost that is unstuck in time.

    Pairs well with Richard McGuire's graphic novel Here.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    - Whenever the punching started, Thor: Ragnarok felt like a Marvel movie. Once the punching stopped, it felt like a Taika Waititi movie. Luckily Waititi's mark on the movie is strong enough to overwhelm the underwhelming elements.

    - The Thor movies are my least favorite of the MCU thus far—I dare you to tell me anything about The Dark World—and I think Marvel understood that, which explains the left-field choice of Waititi. The goofy, laid back, self-effacing style of comedy…

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  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★½

    Shotgun Stories, meet your new brother Blue Ruin. Please don't kill him.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★½

    I'm glad I rode my bike to the theater to see this because the ride home would've been a lot wilder had I driven.

    This felt like several kinds of films blended together, like songs on a mixtape. I liked most of the songs (including the actual ones—move over,
    soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy!), but I'm not yet sure about the album as a whole, if you know what I mean.