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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    Maybe I should turn in silence
    Tell myself I didn't care
    Curse the thought of your existence
    Loving every flaxen hair

    Flesh cries out, "Don't move, don't leave me"
    Conscience runs till out of breath
    Sunrise pregnant with your leaving
    Creeping in like certain death

    The pattern of the bird of love
    That's wheelin' on its dizzy way
    Tears me down to basic sorrow
    Useless for another day

    Terrific. A gem, and a worthy addition to the John Hartford Cinematic Canon. (Such a magnificent needle drop — and how blessed we are to get it twice in one film!)

  • Hugo

    Hugo

    ★★★★

    The main contextual precursor to Hugo for me was an article Scorsese wrote in a special issue of Newsweek in 1998 in honor of the centenary of cinema. I believe the piece was called 'A Box Filled with Magic.' In it, he wrote about making flip-books as a child in order to recreate the magic he felt from film, and he said something to the effect that in all his years of making movies, he felt he had never adequately…

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  • Ghost Story

    Ghost Story

    ★★★½

    Yes, it is deeply flawed; it promises something with the effect of an authentic well-told ghost story, and it does not quite deliver. But the performance of Alice Krige completely delivers. Here she shows her full potential as a great screen beauty as well as an exceptionally talented actress. Her embodiment of the haunting seduces even as it chills. It's perhaps my favorite performance ever. The cinematography by the great Jack Cardiff is tops as well. The cold, dark landscapes…

  • Entr'acte

    Entr'acte

    ★★★★½

    One of the most joyous, vibrant expressions in the history of cinema. It's a masterpiece, an explosion of giddy surrealism. Clair and Picabia astoundingly pack a vast array of imagination and motion into just 22 minutes. There's so much on display here. All film lovers should experience this.