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  • Johnny Guitar

    Johnny Guitar

    First time watch was very enjoyable. Crawford commands the screen, and this has an interesting female focus for a Western at this time. Also has some other nice performances from Sterling Hayden, Ernest Borgnine, Ward Bond and John Carradine. Not sure ending sticks it perfectly, but it works enough. Love the showdown that viewer gets, which is set up nicely early in the film. Watched on Hulu.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

    Nolan at his best and maybe his best film for me. Love as always his use of time, and here it builds dramatically with tension and a lot of emotion through its three stories. Love how you know stakes within the first minutes and it doesn’t let up. Music is great, although have heard some think it is overbearing, here it just ratchets up the tension further. Watched on Amazon.

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  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★★★

    Bing Liu has created a truly great documentary of life for kids with tough upbringing as they bond as kids over skateboarding. The film is shot gorgeously and the lighting is exquisite. Loved the camera work and editing. The score is also very effective, it’s there, but not obtrusively. I have not seen another film this year that I truly enjoyed as much as this. I want more sequels and updates on these boys’ lives. Liu creates such empathy and rich portraits of who these young men were, are and maybe a glimpse of what is to come. I could watch this endlessly.

  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

    ★★★★★

    An early actuality that I use in class to teach about film changes over time.