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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    Chazelle's ambivalent portrait of Armstrong is a strength. I'm not looking for movies to further mythologize heroes; I need real heroes – imperfect people of action.

    Two notes that didn't really come up in the discussion on Filmspotting #701:

    -Credit to walking charisma and charm machine Ryan Gosling for capably portraying a man without an ounce of either.

    -More than acknowledging the anguish, that the husband's achievement and glory in space doesn’t happen without the wife's sacrifice and strength on the ground is at the very core of the film.

  • Hearts Beat Loud

    Hearts Beat Loud

    ★★★★

    Oh, hello 2018’s “Sing Street.”

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  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    If somebody had told 19 year-old me that one day I’d watch this intimate masterpiece with my 14 year-old daughter... after having a conversation with Ethan Hawke where, just like an Ethan Hawke character in a Richard Linklater movie, he oh-so-insightfully schooled me on the importance of giving said daughter permission to make mistakes, to break hearts and have her heart broken... well, I might’ve said that sounded like something from a Richard Linklater movie. 

    There is some kind of magic in this world.

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    Everyone is going to get so sick of me talking about this movie.