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  • Satantango

    Satantango

    ★★½

    As one of the most well-regarded films of all time, I was looking forward to this for a while. The filmmaking is some of the strongest I’ve seen recently, but I certainly can’t identify what it is about the film on a human, political, or emotional level that everyone seems to connect with. The length and pace are not issues, I just wish there was something for me to grab onto during the ride. Still very glad I finally saw it.

  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    ★★★★★

    There are a lot of films. This one is probably the best one.

    Admittedly, I started watching this over a month ago on a bus ride up the east coast to see my girlfriend for spring break. When the passenger next to me got chatty, I decided to hold off on continuing it. I finished the first half when I got back to Florida but couldn't seem to find the ideal time to watch the second half in the last…

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  • Barry Lyndon

    Barry Lyndon

    ★★★★★

    "I'm not sorry. And I'll not apologize. And I'd as soon go to Dublin as to hell."

    Every so often a film comes along and completely redefines our expectations of what cinema can be. For me, one of these was Barry Lyndon. In September 2015 I caught it on TCM and was transfixed. Never before had I seen a film crafted with such care and precision. Two viewings and 17 months later, my opinion of it has only improved.

    In…

  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    The ultimate ballad of unchanging behavior. Kenneth Lonergan is a genius. Didn't think I could possibly love this more than I did the first time, but I do. Maybe I'm a freak, but somehow, despite it's emotionally gutting subject material, this movie doesn't depress me nor get me down. I don't know why. The extent of its realism just shocks me and puts me in a trance. In fact watching this tonight resolved the uneasy feeling I've had for the last couple of days. The script overflows with empathy. Without hesitation, a masterpiece.