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  • The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    ★★★★★

    John Ford Ranked and Reviewed
    Ford's adaptation of Steinbeck is harrowing and hopeful. It elicits anger and panic at the brazen nakedness of man's inhumanity to man--of hungry kids and stricken parents, of unimaginable desperation of two million people dispossessed by ruthless economic actors that exploited their ignorance and the epic drought that put them out of stake and home.

    Only to be lured like prey animals to the nasty trap of California, where even more vicious, more animal (more…

  • A Man for All Seasons

    A Man for All Seasons

    ★★★★★

    Sir Thomas More opposes King Henry VIII divorcing his wife and marrying Anne Boleyn. As Henry goes through with his divorce, a split with the Catholic church is required and the Church of England is created and Thomas, a devout catholic, becomes in the process an enemy of his friend the king.

    A fascinating film detailing in intense detail the moral quandary and tightrope that More walks in both trying to maintain his faith and stay within the letter of…

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  • Chicago

    Chicago

    ★★★★★

    The film peaks at the cell block tango and never really rises back to that height, but it doesn’t matter because it is still really damn good.

    While it’s the lighting that is the gargantuan star here Some of the cinematography and camera work is simply superb, the number with the mirrors? Stunning (probably a lot of painted out camera though). The editing is really bold but perhaps a shade too choppy at times, but some of the designed transitions…

  • Fedora

    Fedora

    ★★★

    “But who would you get to play it?”

    And that’s the central problem isn’t it? With a main character that is a bit of a composite of Loretta Young, Garbo and Bergman, who indeed could play it? No one convincingly, and that happens here, the main character just doesn’t have the movie star bonafides, especially not up against William Holden.

    There is a lot here that is potentially fascinating. The way Hollywood creates and treats it’s leading ladies, the control…

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★★★

    A film with a miraculous balance of tone and sentiment that manages to find sweetness and humanity and forgiveness in the darkest of times and offer a narrative path of humor and absurdity to counterpoint a story of the terrifying indoctrination of children and the creeping insidious terror of fascism and authoritarianism. 

    Let us not forget that children becoming fanatics selling out their parents and loved ones is no laughing matter and rooted deeply in history particularly the history of the 30s-50s. The real stories of children like Jojo are far darker and more disturbing than this fable—but we have to have hope.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    This movie is all sorts of bizarre sincere wonderful thrilling and full of charm distillation of the glorious Fantasy of “pretend” and child like awe and everything is just too perfect and delightful and holy shit gloriously dorky fun.