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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper


    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


    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…