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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

    Loved Hereditary. Really hit the good horror itch for me.

    Fantastic use of the film medium to build genuinely unsettling sequences. Great editing, lighting and acting take the horror motif tropes, that abound in the movie, and transcend them.

    The film gets a too bogged down in plot for me, where it was the emotional depth which shined instead. The end left me more puzzling over xyz, without much payoff, rather than truly basking in its unforgettable images.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    This film had it's problems. The youth group scene was laughably caricature. As someone who grew up in the church, even though those views and feelings might be under the surface, no human being responds or talks like that. The writing and acting there was, rough.

    Otherwise, I think this film sunk into my brain too much to not love. I've been thinking about it a lot and the images and moods are unforgettable.
    Despite homages to films like Winter's Light, First Reformed was pleasantly fresh.

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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    Akira Kurosawa's frequency is more in tuned with his own generation's. Which is ironic considering the subject matter of Ikiru. The world has equal parts moved on and stayed frustratingly the same. Watanabe tries to figure out who he is and the mark he desperately tries to leave on the world around him. Despite the faster frequency we live in today, Ikiru is a film that's moved me in a way few others have. It's an honest film that wears…

  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★★

    I'm only dropping in to make this one observation:

    I can't help but compare Sunset Blvd. to Inarritu's Birdman. Both are about washed up actors trying to make a come back. Both are about those actor's insane egos, both feature real "past" actors playing post-modern roles, both feature the theme of suicide in some aspect, and both are about a changing film landscape that Riggen and Norma fight violently against.

    The only difference is, Sunset Blvd. takes a tragic look…