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  • Frantz

    Frantz

    ★★

    Sure, there's some competent cinematography, but the script and the editing have all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. For the first hour, the film painfully dances around an obvious "twist" that you hope and pray it will avoid, mostly because there's no way to introduce it smoothly, and because it's cliched and uninteresting. When the twist does come, the revelation is as awkward as you would expect, but to be fair, it creates a genre shift which briefly gives the…

  • Cavalcade

    Cavalcade

    ★★½

    Dated, yet inoffensive melodrama with a handful of technically accomplished sequences that gives a Wikipedia treatment to history while trying to concoct some sort of moral lesson, in short, the ultimate Best Picture winner.

    Only one more to go.

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★

    I'm this far behind (two weeks) logging films at Letterboxd, because of Boyhood. I've spent over a week reading positive and negative reviews, trying to pinpoint exactly why the film failed to completely work for me. I liked parts of it - mostly the parts when Mason was a child; but as a whole the film failed to engage me, and I never cared about any of the characters.

    Naturally, I am surprised at my lack of enthusiasm for Boyhood,…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★★

    "What do you do? It's such a stupid question. I thought I'd ask it."
    ...
    "What do you do?"
    "That's such a stupid question. Just kidding. Um, it's kinda hard to explain."
    "Because what you do is complicated?"
    "Uh, because I don't really do it."

    I can't help it; I adore this film. There's no other film I've seen that depicts the challenges of a young artist adjusting to living on their own as hilariously, poignantly, and accurately as Frances…