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  • For Sama

    For Sama

    ★★★★★

    “I don’t want to die, I want to live.”
    “I keep filming.”

    Dear Sama, your parents are incredible, brave, and amazing people. The existence of this film is a testament to the strength and fortitude of the people.

    “This is not about the place, places are about their people.”

    This is an intense, devastating, and crushing documentary film made by Waad al-Kateab. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it should be required viewing for all people, to gain an understanding…

  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    persona (plural personas or personae or personæ)
    1. A social role.
    2. A character played by an actor.
    3. (psychology) The mask or appearance one presents to the world.

    “In some strange way it was never quite real. I don’t know how to explain it. At least, I was never quite real to him. But my pain was real, that’s for sure. But that was somehow all a part of it in some nasty way, as if that’s how it was supposed to be.”

    I’ll be revisiting this movie for years. You know that feeling when…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    A movie of such intensity & ferocity, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is a modern-day classic, hosting a legendary performance by the enigmatic, method-actor extraordinaire Daniel Day-Lewis.

    “I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.”

    There’s not much more that can be said of a movie that’s been examined by virtually every critic, and most movie fans since the turn of the century. Admittedly, I myself have been living under…

  • Detour

    Detour

    ★★★★

    An example of life tragically imitating art is this modest noir from 1945: Detour.

    I was itching for some noir, and was pleased to find a movie that hits all the genre’s signature tropes. Shoutout to my pal Sara for recommending this one — and it runs at a mere 68 minutes! Talk about efficient movie-viewing!

    “That’s life. Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you.”

    So, in 68 minutes, it’s natural that you’re thrown right…

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  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief

    ★★★★

    I don’t blame Hitchcock for making this movie primarily because he wanted to galavant around the south of France — every place they went in this movie was gorgeous.

    “Are you sure you were talking about water skis? From where I sat it looked as though you were conjugating some irregular verbs.”

    Often considered by many as “lighter” Hitchcock fare, To Catch a Thief was still, to me, a fun time. Admittedly, yeah, it’s not the best Hitchcock movie I’ve…

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★★★

    Absurdist theater in top form. The Lobster… wow, what a ride.

    “A wolf and a penguin could never live together, nor could a camel and a hippopotamus. That would be absurd.”

    At some point last year I started this movie, and only got to the opening title card. For whatever reason — I think I was tired — I thought to myself, “I’m not ready for this movie.” Coming off of watching Dogtooth for the first time earlier this week,…