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  • Born on the Fourth of July

    Born on the Fourth of July

    ★★★½

    First proper viewing since I don't trust my piecemeal cable intake from fifteen years ago. However much I agree with the message, it's hard for me to embrace this kind of standard, albeit infuriating victim tract. What helps is that it's told in a completely singular way on the director's side: the birth of Stone's stylistically asymmetric phase, all bobbing ECU's and color coded mayhem, just without the breakneck editing of his 90's masterpieces. Might be Richardson coming into his…

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★

    Huge minority opinion but I thought Only Lovers Left Alive’s us-against-the-world elitism subsumed everything I liked about the film. Here, we have another character whose cultivated taste is front and center, but this character is reaching out to his surroundings to find inspiration rather than barricading himself from the “zombies.” Furthermore, Paterson’s poetry is mountains above whatever psychedelic nonsense Hiddleston was strumming on his guitar. And, per usual, Jarmusch’s emphasis on place is superb: a portrait of a decaying, industrial…

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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★½

    In a tight race with Rushmore for the top bill on my nerdy Wes rankings. All the Wes movies have the same current running through them – each constantly in dialogue with the others – but I feel like GBH is his first film that’s actually about artifice, in all its glory, both good and bad – a lifestyle choice that evaporated upon the invasion of rude men, etc. Gustave has Zero tagging along behind him, furiously taking down pointers…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★

    They said this one is different - something they are prone to say - but there are still a handful of irritating tropes that run through all these things and I don’t have any particular soft spot for Jackman or the character. It’s perfectly fine. In fact, it’s better than every MCU film. But the aforementioned annoyances build: the cluttered and tempo-crushing finale that features too many mutants on too many tangents (before that, the absence of clutter is palpable,…