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  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

    “It’s the moment of knowing what it means to lose oneself before being completely abandoned.”

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    ★★★★

    This is the road life of early 70's rock n roll filtered through the rose-gold tinted nostalgia of Crowe's own experiences writing for Rolling Stone as a precocious teen. My dad started his career as a music journalist right out of college in New Orleans circa 1975, so in spite of the "Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp," vibe some of the film takes us through, this still resonates for me on a lot of levels.

    The characters are all blown…

  • The Housemaid

    The Housemaid

    ★★★★½

    “Even between couples some things should be kept secret.”

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★

    Would make a great double feature with “Joker.” Gyllenhaal is mesmerizing as a sociopath that is both totally disconnected from humanity and terrifyingly tenacious in pursuit of his goals.

    “A friend is a gift you give yourself,” sounds like a line ready made for one of Arthur Fleck‘s punchlines.

  • The Four Feathers

    The Four Feathers

    ★★★½

    The Cons:
    - The pro war, blind nationalism on display
    - Kipling’s paternalistic imperialist racism still comes through in spite of Korda’s technicolor treatment
    - Makes war look like a great, big adventure

    The Pros:
    - Gorgeously photographed landscapes in fantastic technicolor
    - The sequences flooded with extras are stunning to behold; there is something intangible about seeing that many flesh and blood people on the screen
    - Clear influence on the adventure films of David Lean, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg

  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★½

    “No, you don’t understand. My son is somewhere far away. Just as my mom and pop were when I was drowning in that pond. Remembering it now, it’s even more painful than it was then.”

  • The Juniper Tree

    The Juniper Tree

    ★★★★

    Beautiful, mysterious, and at times utterly frightening, not a single moment was wasted in this. Robert Eggers must have been taking notes — the imagery / tone of this is all over The Witch and The Lighthouse.

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★½

    Best Star Wars flick of the last two decades!

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    ★★★★

    “Life goes on until it doesn’t. But you know that don’t ya?”

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Rewatched this morning and it reinforced for me this was my favorite film of the last decade.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★

    Stunningly composed in frame after frame— Parasite gives us a look at the late stages of “end-game” capitalism by running it through the fun house mirror of Bong Joon-Ho’s imagination. The real parasites at the heart of the film are the wealthy elites sucking off the labor and resources of an entire nation, but as a result of the systemic parasite sitting at the top, the lower classes must resort to extremely parasitic behavior to survive. There is no dignity…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★

    GREED = BAD. GREED = BAD. GREED = BAD ... alright already, I get it! I get it!

    Look, Sandler was good. The movie was fine, I guess, or whatever. It’s clear to me I must go to the movies for different reasons than most people. This was easily the most overhyped movie I’ve seen this year, and that includes Joker.

    If I want to see a loud, frenetically paced crime movie, I’ll opt in for John Wick next time.