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  • 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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  • The Gunfighter

    The Gunfighter

    ★★★★

    *Superb.*

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★½

    There is a lot to love here, from Dylan pulling off some of his most enjoyable performances to the ripping yarn Scorsese constructs around the real footage. But then there is Joni Mitchell performing “Coyote” and nothing else really mattered.

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  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★½

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

    Oh.

    Oh no.”

  • Maborosi

    Maborosi

    ★★★★½

    Koreeda’s first feature belongs to the niche genre of ghost stories with no ghosts. They are anchored by protagonists who sense the emptiness rather than the life that surrounds them, trapped in a past from which they are unable to shake free. The title means “a trick of the light,” and Yumiko is constantly unsure of her guided path. There are so many brittle moments in the film, most obviously when her new mother-in-law seems lost at sea but more…