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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    This is up there with the best films I've seen this year. Sean Baker took two relatively unknown actresses, had them stand toe-to-toe with Willem Dafoe, and churn out a beautifully-shot, gut-wrenching tale of ratchet Orlando in the shadow of Disney. There's a lot to unpack, especially since a bunch of this is told through the eyes of a 6-year-old.

    All kinds of funny and painful and sad and child-like and beautiful and scary. It's America, for good or ill.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    It's weird; this might be one of my favorite movies ever, but every time I watch it, it loses its luster. I think I was in a dark place when I saw it in the theater in the late 90s (or whenever it got re-released with updated special effects). It's still a glorious story, but I think the over-memeification of some of the scenes (especially Luke's "NO" screaming) have fucked up the fun of this film. It's still the most…