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  • The French Connection

    ★★★★

  • Public Enemies

    ★★½

  • Footnote

    ★★★★★

  • Cube

    ★★★

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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Although I've seen people call this a realistic movie, nothing in it strikes me as real, in the sense of photographic realness that captures an event accurately.

    Seen through the eyes of a 13-14 year old protagonist, with a wandering, moving camera that itself feels like a real participant in the movie (and thus the movie's persuasion is very powerful -- you feel like you are there with everyone), "Come and See" depicts a wartime nightmare of what it feels…

  • Three Colors: Blue

    Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★½

    "Blue" is less a formal movie than a visual lyric dedicated to grief. You could say that the main character suffers terrible loss and, as the plot goes, she deals with it. That's it.

    But wait, Kieslowski structured these Three Colors films around the French Revolution's three values, even though he downplayed that, and "Blue" is about liberty. I'm one to think that his movies, whether Three Colors or Decalogue, are in fact profound meditations on their topic.

    How is…

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  • The French Connection

    The French Connection

    ★★★★

    I've seen a lot of movies in the last few years, and if I were to look for inspiration for making videos of any kind, this one would be a go-to.

    Stylistically, it is dynamite. It's nearly impossible to imagine, if you were in 1951 or even 1961, that ten years later a movie that looked like this would exist. William Friedkin picked up on the various New Wave influence and the indie doc scene, transforming the pulp crime genre…

  • Public Enemies

    Public Enemies

    I think the problem with Michael Mann's "Public Enemies" is that it constantly gives me the feeling that I have already seen this movie, although I have not.

    It's a combo of the subject matter and the actors, perhaps. Christian Bale and Johnny Depp seem to have played these characters before, with Marion Cotillard involved, somehow. I know this isn't true but my brain says it is.

    It's not really all Mann's fault. Somehow the Depp character from Black Mass,…

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★★

    I knew nothing about "Don't Look Up" except it was a DiCaprio science-fiction movie. Within three minutes, I figured out that Adam McKay is the director.

    His particular style is everywhere, and he has gone deeper into satire here, trying to have fun and excoriate modern American society for not listening to the truths of scientists. DiCaprio plays, quite well based on my experience around such good folks, a nerdy astronomer who discovers that a 5km comet will crash into…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★½

    It's hard to believe that this fourth Matrix movie could acknowledge its own sequel-ness, and then proceed to be a corporate sequel. The movie openly discusses this problem, even that (as the characters really discuss within the movie) Warner Brothers, representing the evil blue-pilled world of corporate control, would commission a sequel to The Matrix.

    It's up to the red-pillers to fight the Power, but this movie is not red-pilled, even though it uses red pills at least a dozen…