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  • Sullivan's Travels

    Sullivan's Travels

    ★★★★½

    I didn’t know you could put someone in jail without knowing their name, but that happens here. Despite this odd law moment, Preston Struges has crafted a smart and absorbign movie about Hollywood and the Great Depression. Funny and heartfelt, it was a pleasure to watch for 90 minutes. Ranked in the top 100 American Films by AFI, this is an important blind spot on my classic movie viewing list.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

    I am glad that movies like this are made and exist. It’s a lot of fun and almost works, but when I got to the end something didn’t sit right with me about it. With that aside the music and action work incredibly. Enjoyed the way Edgar Wright shot this film and how he got the most out of the car scenes and action sequences. Overall it’s a good film and one of the best and most fun this year so far, despite its ending and parts of the story that may not worked as well for me as the beginning and middle. Good movie.

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  • Once

    Once

    ★★★

    Maybe a little to simplistic, nevertheless this is a remarkably gorgeous story. John Carney has moved me twice now with this and Sing Street. I wasn't sure that I liked this movie early, but then the played Falling Slowly in the music store and I was all in. The music was beautiful and fit well with the plot and helped tell the story. Cannot say enough good things about this film maker and look forward to his upcoming work. Strong recommend especially for music lovers and love story enthusiasts.

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    I have become a believer and fan of Wes Anderson. After not watching his films for my early adult life I gave up my stubbornness and converted. The Royal Tenenbaums is a masterpiece. The story and setting are trademark Anderson and the familiar cast play all of the quirky and offbeat characters standard in any Anderson film. The story is really rich with humor, wit, drama and even heartbreak and redemption. He nuanced changes and they way they are shot…