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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★½

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

    Classic-style ghost movies: What's going on? We figured out what's bothering / how to escape the ghosts! It's over now... or is it?

    Modern-style ghost movies: What's going on? What's going on? What's going on? What just happened?

    This is one of the modern-style ghost movies. Along the way, it's a sad and effective look at a character overcome with grief, loneliness, fear, and the desperate need for closure, which remains just outside her grasp (the ending suggests it may…

  • Grey Gardens

    Grey Gardens

    ★★½

    These days, this would have been called "reality TV." One could have imagined a whole series just filming the Beales of Grey Gardens; it would have existed on a cable channel and might have lasted for a few seasons. And I know that sounds reductive -- there are nuggets of human / social interest that can be gleaned from observing these people, and the Beales aren't as horrible as most reality TV subjects. But for me, what it comes down…

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  • He Got Game

    He Got Game

    ★★★★

    I never know how much I'm looking forward to watching a Spike Lee movie until I put it in my player and the first few shots and sounds appear, and then I remember why I dig his films so much. There are really very few directors that grab you with their personality from the get-go, and Lee is definitely one of them -- his style and approach are unmistakable. He is also not without his flaws, and in many ways…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★

    2nd viewing. It's interesting to watch this now after having seen its initially unplanned sequels. It almost feels like foreshadowing was involved, though, obviously, if anything, any such a thing was more a result of the writers looking back at this first movie to give them inspirations for writing the later ones. Still, though, I think they did a clever job, and the sequels actually end up enriching what would have been originally just a sweet one-off. For instance, they…