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  • Children of Paradise

    Children of Paradise

    ★★★★½

    Revisiting this I can better understand some of the criticisms about the lack of imagination regarding shot framing and camera movement, but the story, and the writing, and the acting are just too good — call it a “filmed play,” if you must, but the characters absolutely jump off the screen, and the film sustains itself marvelously for its full three hour span. Also has one of my favorite ending sequences in any movie.

    The four principles— Garance, Baptiste, Frederick,…

  • Let the Fire Burn

    Let the Fire Burn

    ★★★★½

    A powerful interrogation into one of the most critically overlooked abuses of police power in Philadelphia (and American) history. Brilliant use of archival news footage. A masterclass in documentary film editing.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    “Whatever you do, do it carefully.”

    Simply gorgeous from start to finish, probably has my favorite film score of the decade too.

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    ★★★½

    Ever since I read a Choose Your Own Adventure book at 9 years old, I’d imagined what that might be like in movie form, and as a fan of that kind of story telling, I think this hit the mark. Can absolutely see this format taking off down the line.