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  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    ★★½

    I really respected it, but it was just too long for me. I wanted less watch-these-events-and-presentations and more how-does-the-library-work. There's a lot of amazing footage within -- the call center, the book return, the opening discussion of religion. It's exactly what it is; it just wasn't for me.

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★½

    One of those films that's hard to describe because it just exists, in its own world, as perfect and gorgeous as it is aching and upsetting. As much a love letter to skateboarding as it is a true depiction of growing up, a cry for help in American rust-belt cities, and an exploration of toxic masculinity.

    Impressively shot and edited, it's stuck with me every moment of every day since I saw it. An amazing achievement.

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★½

    Overall, to me it felt jam-packed but often empty. There are moments I liked, often in the real-world, but overall it just felt like something I'd seen before, but better elsewhere. Strong direction (especially during an early chase scene), a good Silvestri theme, and some lovely lighting. It's fine but not something I need to return to or would recommend rushing out to see.

    Maybe I'm just tired of movies about cis white guys being the main characters in a "save the world, get the girl" plot? Whatever the reason, it just wasn't for me.

  • The King

    The King

    ★★★★

    The rise and fall of the American Dream as seen through the lens of Elvis. It's WACKY and fascinating and kinda amazing, with some good interviews, a ton of footage, and some fantastic music.