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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    They all say a film ages well when its themes and messages are as relevant now as they were when it first came out. Do the Right Thing is one such film.

    Spike Lee, how did you ever make a film like this, you magnificent SOB?

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

    What I love about Marriage Story:

    The fact that I got to see this in a theater in October to laugh, cry and feel all the emotions with fellow festivalgoers.

    The fact that watching it now on Netflix I can catch little details I missed or forgot from my first watch, thus making me love it more.

    Adam Driver and Scarlett Johanssen's amazing performances, the robust supporting cast including Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Merritt Wever, Julie Hagerty and Ray Liotta.…

  • A Room with a View

    A Room with a View

    ★★★★½

    "On the side of the everlasting why, there is a yes, and a yes and a yes."

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    Forgive me for not reviewing much lately, but a combination of late schoolwork, involvement in a local theater production that's opening next week and writer's block have prevented me from watching and reviewing a lot of movies this month.

    Now that I'm back on the saddle, I'd like to say that The Irishman or I Heard You Paint Houses is great! But then again, saying that a Martin Scorsese film is great is like saying water is wet. The man…

  • Joker

    Joker

    I get the joke. I just don't find it funny.

  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★

    A gorgeously shot and well-acted romantic drama/coming of age story, The Souvenir avoids the trappings of both with muted storytelling, witty dialogue and a brilliant central performance from Honor Swinton Byrne. The only real flaw I have is how incomplete it feels, but hopefully it will be when Part 2 is released.

  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★½

    Despite being titled A Man Escaped, this film never once feels predictable, contrived or simplistic. Just when you think things are looking up, you find new factors that could jeopardize Fontaine's escape plan. The film holds you with a tight grip and doesn't let go. A Man Escaped ignores all the trappings of the prison escape film to deliver a tense, stripped down thriller.

    This and Pickpocket are the only Robert Bresson films I've seen. I'll complete my Bresson watchlist eventually.

  • Nashville

    Nashville

    ★★★★★

    Short Cuts? The Player? Never heard of them.

    Nashville is the embodiment of America in the 70's. It's a time capsule, a sharp political satire, an engaging dramedy and everything you want from a movie. Love, family, faith, music, laughter, shock, awe and a strong sense of community. Add a fantastic ensemble cast and an captivating story that never loses momentum thanks to Robert Altman's crackerjack direction. You feel yourself in the middle of all the action, the excitement, the…

  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    Lately, I've been having doubts about my desires to go into film watching and filmmaking. I often think if both are things I really want to do. Films like Barry Lyndon reaffirm my love for them.

    With fantastic acting, impeccable production/costume design, a wonderful soundtrack and phenomenal cinematography (not a single shot in the film feels like empty space or a waste of time), Barry Lyndon is yet another immaculately crafted masterpiece in Stanley Kubrick's already impressive filmography. Don't miss it.

  • Tigers Are Not Afraid

    Tigers Are Not Afraid

    ★★★★

    Hard to categorize but entrancing in its storytelling, Tigers Are Not Afraid nimbly balances supernatural horror with child-like wonder, with fantastic child acting, inventive visuals and timely subtext on cartel violence.

  • An American Werewolf in London

    An American Werewolf in London

    ★★★★★

    Blue moon
    Now I'm no longer alone
    Without a dream in my heart
    Without a love of my own

    An American Werewolf is the ultimate horror-comedy and John Landis's masterpiece, with fantastic acting, strong atmosphere, witty comedy, hilariously upbeat soundtrack and outstanding makeup from the always impressive Rick Baker.

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    ★★★★

    Balancing movie watching and community theater can be tough, especially when everyone's seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show and you haven't. Needless to say, I was thrilled, chilled and fulfilled.

    Tim Curry is a god.