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  • Decalogue V

    Decalogue V

    Discussed along with A Short Film About Killing for the tenth episode of The Complete Kieslowski.

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive

    ★★★★★

    I've been watching The Spirit of the Beehive regularly in order to fall asleep. Not every night, but on nights when I am too tired to read or watch something new but not quite tired enough to close my eyes right away. I've watched the film 3 or 4 times now all the way through, but I don't log it because I haven't really watched the whole thing - I usually fall asleep after twenty minutes or so, either turning…

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  • Clash by Night

    Clash by Night

    ★★★

    Lang does great work building out what was originally a play without gutting the heart of the thing. The opening boat to canning sequence is great, and the dramatic content is shot through with energy. Stanwyck is great as usual, though I kind of wish she had this role five years earlier, as I think this character needs to be in her 30s (or gone for much longer). Everyone else is also pretty good, especially Robert Ryan (or as I…

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    ★★★½

    I really appreciated how much this felt like an old-school serious adventure movie for kids. There's still a touch of the generic animated family movie in its story, but the humor is toned down to get to the emotional core of the film, the dragons are treated respectfully and majestically, and the whole thing has a great sense of discovery around it. This is a very worthy sequel that I had sort of dismissed the first time around because I wasn't seeing it through a kids lens. Looking forward to catching up with the third now.

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  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★½

    “Oh, Fred’s getting his makeup ready for the next dance routine!

    Oh.

    Oh no.”

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Just kidding this is a five star review for Moonlight.