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  • Time Bandits

    Time Bandits

    ★★★★★

    Got the Criterion Collection version of this for a second time today (I wore out the first one), and I just wouldn't be able to find enough nice things to say about it. I've seen it 70 or more times, easily, and noticed about five new things in it today, that's how dense it is visually and verbally. What a bizarre, unique thing it is. It's hard to call it "perfect", because what can it even be compared to besides…

  • 21 Up

    21 Up

    ★★★★★

    The moment where The Up Series really starts to find its shape and become the brilliant & warm documentary that it is. This is the first one where the multiple layers of editing from previous installments starts to take on that resonant quality that only deepens as the years go by. It's also the first where the series starts to disprove its own original thesis so thoroughly. "Show me the child at 7 and I will show you the man." Uhhh, not really. But the way it pursues the realization that they were wrong in the first place is brilliant. One of my all-time favorite movies.

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  • Tiny Furniture

    Tiny Furniture

    ★★★★

    I think I'm supposed to hate movies like this, the drifty after college middle class angst movies, but I just don't. I've never seen Garden State, about which I am reasonably proud, but I do love The Graduate, I really liked Greenberg (the ultimate graduate), and I loved Tiny Furniture. I'm sure, if viewed from a certain angle, this could seem like an indie-gazing navel fest, but something in Lena Dunham's delivery of the scenario, her character, the mopey realism, really charmed me. I simply enjoyed this movie and I want to see her make more of them.

  • Irreversible

    Irreversible

    ★★★★★

    This movie is deeply unpleasant and unsettling. It's actually a dreadful, awful experience being in its company throughout its running time. It is also one of the best films I have ever seen. Unlike Memento, to which it could clearly be compared in terms of structure, there is an actual point to the storytelling trickery, that of peeling back the layers from revenge to crime to peace. It's a fascinating way to get to know a set of characters, and…