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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★

    It's fine. Shyamalan fans will probably dig it more than most people. Something just feels missing and I can't quite put my finger on what. It's a case of loving the concept while finding the execution flawed. I could see someone trying something similar to this in the future. Hopefully it lands more successfully. Not bad, just sort of bland.

  • Swordsman

    Swordsman

    ★★★

    Solid enough, but the half dozen directors involved make it a total jumble of styles and aesthetics, which might have been cool if that was the intention. Unfortunately the film tends to step on its own toes too many times. I liked it well enough, but it's just such a mixed bag moment to moment.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    A film of looks.

    The look of a person first falling in love
    The look of desire
    The look of a beautiful dress fitting perfectly to the body
    The look of annoyance
    The look of quiet content to be around a certain someone
    The look of bitterness
    The look of a dark rebellious needling when you know how to irk someone
    The look of sickness
    The look of a master engaged fully in his craft
    The look of helplessness
    The look of the audience watching on in subtle discomfort

    Sit and look.

  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★★½

    Wow. I truly wasn't expecting that. At first the movie was slow going, seemed overtly sad and just kind of depressing for the sake of being depressing. Once the story starts to kick in though and the titular character is introduced, things shift greatly and we end up getting an emotionally resonant story about the loneliness of youth, the importance of friends and the undeniable impact of family. I'm definitely going to watch this one again once the english dub…