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  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★½

    Much better than I was expecting.

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    They had a theatrical release of the 4K restoration of this. I had not seen it yet and I'm very happy that this is how I got to experience it.

  • Self Discovery for Social Survival

    Self Discovery for Social Survival

    ★★★★

    Re-watched this today and it was very enjoyable again.

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★★

    This was great. I went in with high hopes and wasn't disappointed. The unfiltered and emotionless style of dialogue was really unique and funny.

  • Self Discovery for Social Survival

    Self Discovery for Social Survival

    ★★★★

    This was great. It's pretty much just beautiful surf footage paired with a great original score from start to finish. I was hoping for a more words and personality from the surfers and musicians in it but even without that I enjoyed this a lot.

    A couple things made this special for me:

    First, I got to see the premiere at the Palace Theater in LA with a live score by Allah Las, Connan Mockasin, and Andrew VanWyngarden, and a…

  • Echo in the Canyon

    Echo in the Canyon

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed this a lot. It might be unrealistically romanticizing the LA music scene of that time but it was really fun to watch and I'm probably going to be listening to late 60s music all week now.

  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★★★

    I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. It's very over-the-top and definitely doesn't have a great moral or anything, but the performances were good and it was very fun to watch.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★½

    I'm usually not one to go for horror movies, but the trailer for this really intrigued me, and like many people I enjoyed Get Out a lot.

    I'm walking home from the theater now and still trying to collect my thoughts on it, but overall I really enjoyed this. It looked good and sounded good and held my interest all the way through.

    I think it will take a few days for me to have strong opinions about the ending…

  • Greta

    Greta

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is my first Letterboxd review. This movie surprised me so much that I haven't been able to stop thinking about it and feel compelled to write down my thoughts on it.

    I went into Greta knowing only the title and that the genre was "Drama", according to the AMC Theatres app. I had no idea that it was actually a thriller, so the shift from drama to kind-of-unsettling-drama to very-unsettling-suspenseful-thriller was a complete shock for me. That unexpected genre…