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My favorites are four of my favorites, not my four favorites. Cause who makes a top four list?

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  • Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★

  • The City of the Dead

    ★★★★

  • Stroszek

    ★★★★

  • Like Father, Like Son

    ★★★★½

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★★

    I lived in Florida from the age of ten through twenty-five, and I’ve been in San Francisco for twenty years now. So, when it comes down to it, I don’t remember anything about “Florida Man,” or if there was some great chasm between the left and the right, or the boomers and the Gen-Xers. I was a kid, and I made a few good choices, and a bunch of bad ones. I played a lot of tennis, and ____________________-ed a _________________…

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★★

    Today I wrapped up teaching my second semester-long high school film class. Last year it was in distance learning, and this year it was in the classroom. I had the kids rank the films we watched, and the most pleasant surprise was how high they ranked Days of Heaven. Gorgeous as it is, I thought it might be a bit too slow and light on plot for them. Thankfully, I was wrong! 

    As cliche as it sounds, Days of Heaven is…

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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★

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  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★½

    Kids don’t need magic to create magic. They just need to think magically. After the astounding Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Sciamma didn’t need to go bigger. She just needed to stay true to her vision of the world. 

    How can a child possibly comprehend the forces that act upon the adults in their lives? Celine Sciamma uses this question to spring into perhaps the most low key fantasy film I’ve ever seen. In Petite Maman, an in some…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    This is basically what this semester has been like trying to teach high school English via distance learning.

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    At first, Phil, Benedict Cumberbach’s character in Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, seems almost cartoonishly cruel. He browbeats seemingly everyone for not being as manly as he is. He attacks his brother George (Jesse Plemons), his brother’s new wife Rose (Kirsten Dunst), and Rose’s effeminate son Pete  (Kodi Smit-McPhee). There doesn’t seem to be much to Phil beyond a propensity for clinging to his brother at all costs, and avoiding bathing at all costs.

    As the film goes on,…