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  • 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.

  • Days of Heaven

    Days of Heaven

    ★★★★½

    Stories don't have to be complex. In fact the simpler a story is, the more room there is for poetry. From what I've seen this is my favorite from Malick. A great director at his most poetic and poignant. Every frame is a painting, the human relationships are complicated, and the dialogue seems effortless. Morricone is at the top of his game too.

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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

    ★★★★★

    Like Margaret, Manchester by the Sea is an American film with foreign sensibilities. Kenneth Lonergan sets up the camera in the back of the room and lets us observe. He reveals information to the audience so carefully and specifically. I was incredibly excited for this, and it did not disappoint.

    A film obviously made with immense passion for life and respect for humanity. I'd compare it to the level of craftsmanship exhibited in Yang's Yi Yi.

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