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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★½

    What’s all the fuss about? - but then those final moments are tearful, drawn out in a way that recalls the modern romantic comedy (everyone gathering to make amends instead of just ending abruptly like the best oldies), except here it’s a woman’s entire youthful freedom compressed into one night, now passed, with both parties recognizing what a huge impact they had on each other in such a short time. If that isn’t romantic, I don’t know what is -…

  • Decalogue VII.

    Decalogue VII.

    ★★★

    Not the best, not the worst, but you get the sense that Kieslowski ran out of ways to powerfully obfuscate relationship dynamics like the best of his episodes. Here, the dialogue is mostly undisguised, characters purging explanatory background for the audience’s sake, much in the way that a novice screenwriter would dispel information. And formally this is one of his least ambitious episodes, almost theatrical in the way that it moves between two rooms separated by a few phone conversations.…

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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,…