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  • Brick
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Shining
  • The Iron Giant

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  • Jackass Forever

    ★★★★

  • Charade

    ★★★½

  • The Social Network

    ★★★★½

  • Bottle Rocket

    ★★★★

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  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★★½

    I was a kid growing up just a few miles away when they filmed this in my hometown of Mansfield, Ohio. I've seen it a lot.

    It had been long enough since my last watch for almost every scene to land like it was new again. But, all the while, I kept looking at the edges of the frame for things I recognized from back then. Does that kind of field feel like my childhood? Does that kind of building?

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★

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

    Some random notes made after watching It Follows:

    (00:00:51) - What an incredible opening. Suspenseful, sets the tone, establishes horror tropes with the high healed shoes, but turns them on their head when she insists she doesn’t need help.

    (00:30:43) - I love how Paul is desperate to do anything that might distinguish him from others when he’s around Jay. He jumps at the chance to sleep on her sofa.

    (00:34:14) - Jay and Paul remember their first kiss, and…

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  • Rain Man

    Rain Man

    ★★★

    My dad and I would quote lines from this movie to make eachother laugh. It may be the only movie we ever did that with. Nearly brought me to tears watching it tonight and hearing those lines come up.

  • All the President's Men

    All the President's Men

    ★★★½

    Random thoughts:

    – Listening to the “burn notice“ podcast a month ago didn’t really help me with the names in this film. I still got pretty lost.

    - Ben Bradlee, The executive editor of the post, played here by Jason Robards, was also played by Tom Hanks in the movie “The Post”. I thought I recognized that office. This is someone I’d like to know more about. I wonder if there’s a good book or movie about Ben Bradlee. 

    - So many hand written notes in this movie! It’s nice to see.

    - I’m going to go buy a paper.