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  • Dark City

    Dark City

    ★★★★★

    Dark City never disappoints. It is the perfect blend of noir style and sci-fi contemplation. Its main themes--What is it that makes us human? Are we more than our memories and experiences?--have by now been covered by a number of other films (The Matrix and, most recently, Blade Runner 2049), but that doesn't lessen the power of this movie.

    In addition to the overwhelmingly cool visual style, and Trevor Jones's excellent musical score, the thing that sets this movie apart…

  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    ★★★★★

    I hadn't seen The Treasure of the Sierra Madre before, and knew very little about it. When it came to theaters this weekend for its 70th anniversary, I took the whole family to it to check it out. I'm so glad I did. We all loved it, and were totally surprised by its greatness. It begins as just an adventure story, and steadily builds to Shakespearean tragedy. The performances are amazing, the cinematography is beautiful--everything is perfect, and I can't believe I've missed this film until now. Grateful to TCM/Fathom for showing it in cinemas.

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  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    ★★★★★

    The seven or so trailers we endured before Kubo and the Two Strings seem to prove a hypothesis I have that there is only one good animated film for every seven or so that are produced. Kubo is that film. It will be praised for the gorgeous animation, design, and music, but these technical triumphs would be meaningless without good storytelling. Kubo proves that movie storytelling has not entirely died under the weight of endless iterations of franchises, sequels, and…

  • Inception

    Inception

    ★★★★★

    I don't know how I so disliked this movie the first time I watched it.

    Each time I've watched it since, I've enjoyed it more and more. On this viewing, I was especially noticing connections to Vertigo. The most obvious visual link, of course, is when Ariadne, in the second dream level, is wearing the same outfit and hairstyle as Madeleine. This seems to signify that Ariadne, like Madeleine, is being used by a protagonist desperate to remake the world…