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  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Written on the Wind
  • The Apartment
  • All About My Mother

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★½

  • The Fabelmans

  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die

    ★★★★

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★½

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  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★½

    Yes great. Gotta finish off Yang's filmography. Really sprawling, but the slow silent beats between the action are awesome.

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    I think Spielberg is torn between telling the story of how he became a filmmaker (which is very fun, a little Jacquot de Nantes) and the story of his family (which the title suggests). There's good material on both ends, but the attempts to connect them are weaker. The most compelling choices explore the way making movies affects the way he experiences his familial relationships, more so than just feeling tension about pursuing his art. One shot, during the divorce…

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  • She Said

    She Said

    Solid one of these journalism movies. They work for me as intended.

    There's a line I found funny where someone's recalling a Weinstein incident and says something like, "Harvey was in a meeting with Scorsese, who hated him" just to make sure there's no way the viewer might get the wrong idea about Marty.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    I dunno, I thought this was great. He's one-upping himself visually and not even trying to go for emotion, which is where his films have often fallen flat for me. The levity lane plays to his strengths. And the same way it's striking when his camera breaks out of its locked off framings, it feels a little poignant whenever the film does go for a moment of pathos.

    I'd rank the three big segments like this:
    1. The first one…