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  • All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★

  • May December

    ★★★★½

  • The Mouse That Roared

    ★★½

  • A Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

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  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful, cold, distant. Full of vacuous objects and people. Astounding how much this influenced. Wes Anderson, The Godfather, the Sopranos (Pine Barrens), Taxi Driver, Mishima and even Clueless! 

    Marcello is a perfect allegorical tool, craving order and morality above all else, except when he doesn’t. A low key nervy weasel who wanders into numerously gloriously sexy scenarios whole being a genealogy
    Putz. This is a crazy intense political thriller, except that it isn’t! I somehow expected that this would be…

  • The Holdovers

    The Holdovers

    ★★★★★

    Richly humanistic and nuanced portrayal of isolated broken people helping each other. Not just set in the 1970s, but FEELS like the 1970s. This is a terrifically bittersweet, touching and frequently very funny character study made for adults. Giamatti is really great here as a stodgy glass eyed grump of a history Professor. Loathed by his students, who are stuck with him over the Christmas holiday at school. This film, like Sideways shows that Giamatti and Payne really are a…

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  • All of Us Strangers

    All of Us Strangers

    ★★★★

    Trauma, layers, sadness. Connecting with others, finding meaning. It’s everything, isn’t it? Powerful movie. Watch it knowing as little as possible.

  • May December

    May December

    ★★★★½

    A good actress plays a bad actress trying to learn from a great actress. Criminal that Moore and Portman were not nominated for the Oscars. Then again, what this movie has to say about the career of acting and the nature of the biopic is fundamentally devastating. A mirror of the predatory nature of storytelling and peoples lives.

    Stylistically impeccable, meticulously acted and just a wonderfully nuanced multilayered slow boil of a film full of powerful and uncomfortable moments. Todd…

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  • Past Lives

    Past Lives

    ★★★★½

    Even more impressed with this small and powerful film the second go round. Deeply profound, heavy and moving but without a trace of self importance. The only parallel I can think it is the Before series by Linklater, but where it doesn’t work out the same way at all with those. There is a grounded practicality to it that Wong Kar-Wai could never, yet the vibes are eclectic. A hyper-sophisticated and mature romantic film that doesn’t forget to electrify where…

  • Godzilla Minus One

    Godzilla Minus One

    ★★★★★

    Everything here works, and works far better than people outside of the fandom will ever give credit for. I think it’s the best one, by a pretty large margin, and I’ve seen almost every one. The original is in my top films of all time.

    This is a totally different take on it, but with everything that made the original and other good ones great. For once the human story is neither perfunctory nor inessential. I’ll have to think about…