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  • Vagabond
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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  • Roman Holiday

    ★★★½

  • Early Man

    ★★½

  • Hustle

    ★★★

  • Open Your Eyes

    ★★★½

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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★½

    I’m trying to go to Rome this year too and this seems like wish fulfillment more than anything. 

    As a day dream of a film, this was a warm and soothing one. Trumbo and Wyler take a panoramic of Rome from a very tourist centric perspective with Hepburn and Peck as our surrogates. The script is tight and Wyler provides the right dose of human melancholy to make this romantic comedy of false pretense to be honest and true.

    But…

  • Early Man

    Early Man

    ★★½

    An Aardman animated Medieval soccer scene scored to a Kaiser Chiefs needle drop might make this the most Britain movie ever.

    A movie about how the English suck at “football” (usually) and finally beat the foreigners who they taught the sport to is definitely not what I expected when I flipped on a nice animated movie about some cavemen. Not that I don’t like a good sports movie but this is definitely lazy as far as those go. It’s also…

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    Watching this again after years and years convincing myself that this was in fact Tarantino’s crowning achievement was a strange experience. The first half of the film was all fine and good. It was all mostly how I remembered it. Occasional moments played out slightly differently though. Just tiny things here and there that were slightly skewed, probably due to recollecting the social memory of this film rather than the actual film itself. 

    Aside from this, the only thing I…

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★

    PTA films are about people. Specifically they tend to be about people who are starved for connection with one another, generally lost in the world of capitalism and ego that tends to get in the way of all that mess. In this sense, this film is pure PTA.

    Bits and pieces of all his other movies are here... It has the shaggy 70s elliptical swagger of Inherent Vice, the toxic relationships of Phantom Thread, the themes of consumerism, artifice, and manipulation…