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  • Good Morning

    Good Morning

    ★★★½

    Charming enough, if atypically superficial, Ozu comedy about the petty bickering among occupants of a suburban neighborhood and how they're affected by two young boys' vow of silence to try and get their parents to buy a TV set is supposedly a remake of the director's somewhat superior silent I Was Born, But... which it only slightly resembles in practice. As in Ozu's first color film Floating Weeds, the palette is eye-popping; you wonder why every movie doesn't look like…

  • Toni Erdmann

    Toni Erdmann

    ★★

    Probably best not to go into much detail about this one! I found it maddeningly unfunny and banal but seem to have been shown a different film than the rest of you so we’ll leave it at that.

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  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Random thoughts for the day I watched this for the first time in many years and afterward realized it's been almost exactly a decade since I saw it in the theater, which is a weird feeling:

    When this was released and my then-girlfriend and I saw it and were enchanted by it, I had never been through a breakup. Funny how getting older changes how you see a film like this so much. The scenes establishing Joel and Clementine's relationship…

  • The Black Pirate

    The Black Pirate

    ★★★

    It's hard for us as modern audience members to have a full grasp on what made a star a Star in silent-era Hollywood... then you see a performance like Douglas Fairbanks' in this, and it all becomes clear. His sheer charisma is completely ageless, his agility and comic sensibility -- mugging as he does for the invisible crowd watching -- couldn't be more engaging. The film's hackneyed action-adventure story (of a vengeful hero saving a princess from ruthless pirates who've…