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  • Harold and Maude

    Harold and Maude

    ★★★★★

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

    Infinitely rewatchable. I cry every time.

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★★½

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

    Standard Disney story format, but as with all of them, there's something more to this one. The animation had something to do with it, as well as the oneiric story-telling style (which gave it an effect that reminded me in places of Adventure Time, especially during the setup, and the reveal of Clement's excellent character). More than that, though, was its attention to the modern identity conflict that most of us feel along one vector or another. (Island or ocean?…

  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★★½

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

    Such a good example of being true to genre while addressing its innate problems. And they were addressed so sympathetically and thoroughly. And unexpectedly, which is why I'm marking this as a spoiler; the film would have functioned brilliantly without the post-revenge reckoning. With it, it transcended its roots.

  • Frantz

    Frantz

    ★★★★

    A portrait of a character we never actually meet, through the eyes of those who knew him. Heavy handed at times, but moving. A statement on identity, honesty, patriotism, and several kinds of love.

  • Central Intelligence

    Central Intelligence

    ★★★½

    An action comedy that isn't an action parody, in that it still manages to sustain genuine action flick tension. Enjoyed every moment. The schmaltzy ending doesn't make the rest of it any less fun.

  • Breezy

    Breezy

    ★★★

    Early MPDG story. Some nice moments, lovely pictures, and fun performances, backed by a painfully formulaic screenplay.

  • Thirteen

    Thirteen

    ★★★★½

    Painful and brilliant. Such a good soundtrack.

  • Towelhead

    Towelhead

    ★★½

    Uncomfortable in several ways. Some beautiful camera work and great acting from a few in spite of weak dialogue. Ball did it better the first time.

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

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

    Impeccable, still. I took special note of the camera work this time; that alone moves me. The opening dialogue scene was dizzying and not just because the camera was circling them.

    I was so engrossed the first time through that I didn't notice how slow and quiet the whole thing is, especially the third act. It's so careful, gentle, and nuanced.

    The three Chirons: I've heard some complaints about how different the actors looked, and it did make for a…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★★

    How I could go on about this. I talk about perfect films sometimes; they're rare, but they do exist: they have a well-defined scope; they cover all their twists with awareness and continuity. I think I'll have some questions after rewatching this, and maybe then I'll go on about it; there are just so many interactions early in the film that have to be re-examined. And it's not even that the twists were extremely surprising; they all followed naturally from…

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★½

    I loved how much The X-Files owes to this. They pull from the same well of UFO lore, of course, but even aside from that this is clearly a predecessor.

    I thought I had watched this as a kid; turns out I have still more orphaned images hanging out in my mind whose source I need to find. (Speaking of which, can anyone think of a movie where a person gets sucked down a bathroom sink and you can see…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    As it promised, very rewatchable.