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  • Magic

    Magic

    ★★★

    A slow burn collapse that loses some edge as Hopkins starts on 9 on his way to 13. Ann-Margret is doing her best to anchor this in some reality but the puppet angle makes the whole meltdown a bit too odd and silly. When Hopkins is on his own or fighting the urge to let the puppet loose, that's when this really sings.

  • Fun with Dick and Jane

    Fun with Dick and Jane

    ★★

    Pretty square even for 1977. Only saving grace is that Jane Fonda can fall down with the best of them.

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  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★★

    March Around the World #2 - Poland

    I only cried once. I consider that a triumph. I had avoided this film at the time under the belief that there was nothing new to be learned or seen on this topic. How wrong I was. This is a perfect film. While never explicitly referencing any of the horrors piled upon the Polish people through the war and post-war years, it beautifully covers both that loss and the very human aftermath. The…

  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★½

    Hooptober 2019 #10

    To talk about One Cut of the Dead is to ruin it. The invention and love of filmmaking on display here is one of the most joyful experiences I have ever had watching a film. I nearly started from the beginning all over again as soon as it ended simply to see the beginning with new found context.

    This isn’t perfect, it isn’t meant to be. It may be perfect for all of us who love genre…