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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

    Visceral.

    Loved the blend of 16mm, 35mm and 70mm as well as the aspect ratio changes. Worth seeing in IMAX.

    Loved the sound design.

    Loved the juxtoposition of macro/micro stories.

    Damien knows how to make 👏🏼 a damn 👏🏼 film 👏🏼. Wow.

  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★

    Note to self: don't do crystal meth.

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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

    To the naysayers I ask:


    Why write poetry? Why not write prose?
    Why sing? Why not speak plainly?
    What is gained by taking these indirect routes?
    Is the fastest route always the best?


    A Ghost Story is visual poetry - at its best when saying the least and vice-versa. Like any poem, it requires effort to decode - effort most people are unable or unwilling to expend. I would recommend it only to those able to appreciate slow(!) poetic films…

  • Disobedience

    Disobedience

    ★★★½

    Saw this with four friends at a packed theater in Manhattan. My girlfriend and I liked it and our three friends hated it, mainly because the pacing. 

    It is slow. Fair enough. The director takes his time dolling out information so the setup is unclear at first but it's worth it to slug through just because the third act is fantastic. I was really impressed and moved by the synagogue scene and especially the lovely moment after with Esti and…