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  • The Disaster Artist

    The Disaster Artist

    ★★★★★

    The best comedy of the year that I've seen (and I doubt anything will usurp it), and one of the best movies of the year in general. I think its biggest secret weapon is that, despite ridiculing Tommy the entire movie (and boy, does it), the screenplay, and by extension, the director, James Franco, shows Tommy a kind of respect that I wasn't expecting. The movie humanizes a truly "weird" person/character. This is the sort of individual you aren't used…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    What a cinematic experience: the music, the sound effects, the beautiful visuals. I'm so glad I saw it in theaters. Yes, it's too long, perhaps tries to tackle at least one too many science fiction ideas at once, and Jared Leto is useless, but other than that, Blade Runner 2049 is a scifi masterpiece, one destined to be overlooked like its predecessor. Will it imprint itself onto the next generation of filmmakers' visions like the original Blade Runner did? Only…

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  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★★

    A great, great film. Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice is my pick for the best all-time performance by an actress, but I think now Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata are my picks for the 2nd and 3rd best. Their performances are astounding. The Bergman films I've seen so far all pretty much have great female performances, but in Autumn Sonata (Ingrid) Bergman and Ullmann bring a level of talent and emotional realism to the performances that just…

  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

    ★★★

    A lesser effort from what I thought was his groundbreaking Sin City, the almost 10 years in between dulls Sin City 2's possible impact. Doesn't contain the better material of the original. Also not as visually interesting, though some shots still were able to stand out. Rodriguez doesn't use color as well as in the original. Bruce Willis' presence in the movie is a mistake, I think; it just feels too tacked on and doesn't match the tone of the…