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  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    ★★★★

    Part 2 of my exploration of the Bogie-Bacall films was not as fruitful as part 1. Turns out simultaneously eating dinner, feeding and caring for a fussy baby, and being tired is not a great way to try to watch a dense and complicated film like THE BIG SLEEP

    So my two thoughts on this first watch are:
    1. I can’t make sense of this plot right now.
    2. Even so, that was amazing. I cant wait to see how much I enjoy it when I’m actually conscious.

  • The Stranger

    The Stranger

    ★★★½

    Not top tier Welles, and nothing revolutionary, but a crowd-pleaser of a film made at a time when Welles needed a hit. The beginning is a little murky and some elements don’t land quite like they should. But there is wonderful suspense and visual motifs throughout that let you know—at a glimpse—that this is still being directed by someone special. And like I said, it’s a crowd pleaser, and in the best way.
    Bonus: Historical context of how Germans were viewed in the immediate aftermath of WWII.

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  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    With the context of hindsight on our side, it’s safe to say that this is one of the best films of the 2000s.

    It’s startlingly effective in every sense—from the Coen brothers’ evocative writing and directing, to Roger Deakins’s cinematography, to the pacing, to the perfect casting, to the nuanced way that timeless themes of good vs. evil are explored.

    It’s a neowestern with a noir sensibility. Josh Brolin’s Llewelyn Moss is remiscent of a John Wayne-like character from a…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★½

    You know what Avengers: Infinity War is at its heart? It can hardly be classified a movie, as there is not much of a beginning, middle, or end. There is no hero’s journey here with an introduction of characters, conflict, and resolution. Instead, it’s a massive, expensive episode of a television series. More specifically, and bear with me here, it’s a giant episode of Dragon Ball Z. Maybe that’s not a bad thing to you. But that’s what it is.…