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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★

    On another rewatch, this is an imperfect movie but one with very high highs. The Farmiga stuff doesn’t work at all, the music sometimes plays like a series of iTunes preview samples (the Dropkick Murphys song has been so overdone at this point that it doesn’t do this movie any favors, in hindsight) and some of the editing is a little weird but the plotting is great and some of the performances are out of this world. When the movie…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★★

    Pretty much perfect. The character details are ridiculously impressive and the story is just complicated enough to throw you off but never annoys (and wraps up SO satisfyingly). Some of the shots say so much in addition to being striking on a purely visual level. An all-timer of the noir genre. Makes me wanna dig into some Raymond Chandler!

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  • A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    ★½

    It’s like if one of those “inspirational” Katy Perry songs was a movie

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★

    This is a film with brief flashes of greatness but is, in the end, a story that has no purpose. The acting is poor (except DaFoe, who is good but given little to do), no character has a true arc, and the filmmaking is often amateurish. The film feels extremely long and the ending is one of the worst I have seen this year.