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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    The restored Criterion release looks so much better than what I watched on Filmstruck years ago. From the first shot, as an old man croaks disapprovingly at the two young boys digging for guns on the beach, it’s evident that the incomparably visceral experience of watching  this movie will be different this time.

    Klimov’s use of flora and fauna really stood out: there are herons, horses, cows, and an unnervingly incorporated monkey called a promisian. It’s the middle of the…

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★★

    Of all the films in the Charlie Kaufman/Spike Jones/Michel Gondry tweakerverse, this might be my favorite. On this rewatch,  my previous qualms didn’t seem that substantial.  A good amount of time is spent with Kirsten Dunst’s storyline, but it ends up being thematically crucial and interesting on its own terms. Jim Carrey isn’t great-but he’s good-and Kate Winslett manages to make a potentially exasperating character easy to root for. Elijah Wood also nails the conniving creep that can’t find his own…

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★

    Not as good as the 1933 or 2019 versions, but solid nonetheless. A few things that stood out:


    I like Eric Stoltz, but why is he in this film? His accent and affectations are cringeworthy.

    Claire Danes does a great job capturing the warmth and sorrow of Beth. Her last scene is especially impressive.

    I wish Amy had thrown Christian Bale’s goatee in the fire instead of Jo’s manuscript.

  • Criss Cross

    Criss Cross

    ★★★★½

    Wow. That was bleak. I think this film f*cked Burt Lancaster up enough to play that whacked out role in The Swimmer. If you criss cross a criss crosser with a criss crosser that’s criss crossing you, you end up thinking you can traverse the Hollywood Hills by doing laps in twenty-five pools.


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  • After Hours

    After Hours

    ★★★★½

    I’ve always had a fondness for After Hours. I love grimy 70s and 80s New York City films, and this feels like the ultimate “missed your last subway home lost in the city” nightmare flick. It doesn’t feel anarchic because Paul almost gets forcibly mohawked at an all-hours punk club; it feels anarchic because that seems like the safest place he could be at that point.

    When I learned about Scorsese’s path to making this film, it only added to…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★★

    Note: There are no spoilers in this review. Everything explicitly mentioned takes place in the first ten-ish minutes. :)


    A movie I liked a lot, with two caveats:

    Oh man. That technology mastermind villain. Some trope-y characterization shortcuts include:
    -techboy that wears a mask for his once-a-decade outings, cause he’s fragile handle with care DON’T TOUCH ME. (Quarantine All Star!)
    -techboy that stops socializing at about three years old, when he first learns how to hug a computer monitor.
    -techboy that…