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  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2018 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Possibly the biggest surprise of 2018 thus far has to be Jason Reitman‘s Tully and not because of the film’s quality. Rather, it is surprising due to just how much it shifts in the second half, jerking dramatically from a pleasant and often funny tone at first before diving into the darkness of mental illness. After two straight poorly reviewed films, Jason Reitman is largely back with Tully as he smartly re-teams with writer Diablo…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★½

    NOTE: This excerpt is the introductory section of an essay I wrote for Cineccentric, entitled "The Role of Nostalgia in the Films of Todd Haynes". Here is a link to entire piece, one which I spent a good amount of time writing and am reasonably proud of having written. In advance, thank you to anyone who opts to follow the link and spend part of their life reading the essay. It is appreciated more than you know.

    Todd Haynes is…

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  • There's Always Tomorrow

    There's Always Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    100 Films by 18 Directors: Douglas Sirk

    Every once in a while, there will be a film where you find yourself not only enraptured by what is transpiring, but having to hold back cheers as you watch. There’s Always Tomorrow is one of those films, as was Douglas Sirk’s All that Heaven Allows which kicked off my journey into Sirk’s career. Yet, since then, there have been good films but nothing quite on the level of All that Heaven Allows.…

  • The Flame of New Orleans

    The Flame of New Orleans

    ★★★

    20 Films x 5 Decades: 1940s

    While not quite the best film starring Marlene Dietrich and not the best film directed by Rene Clair, The Flame of New Orleans is a pretty fun film all the same. It is not quite as funny as it could be with Dietrich appearing the Countess Claire Ledoux, a woman with a reputation around the world. As Clair appears prone to do, the film opens with narration about the mystery of a woman in…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    2011 Ranked

    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I saw Drive for the first time in 2013, I had just finished my first film class in high school and was set to graduate from high school in a few weeks. Now, a week and a half removed from finishing college a semester early, it was time to atone for the sins of my youth. Unacquainted with good films at the time aside from the ones I saw in…