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  • Atlantic City

    Atlantic City

    ★★★★★

    Watching ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS for the first time was a memorable experience...that fucking score and Jeanne Moreau. Then moving onto THE LOVERS and that surreal, hazy love walk at the end - I mean, wow.

    ATLANTIC CITY is a pretty special movie. Also, very much a movie about movies, which I love. Malle captures the shifting times and widening generational gaps in a way that's reminiscent of, but completely different from, what he pulled off in ETTG. (I feel…

  • The African Queen

    The African Queen

    ★★★

    A little overrated, but has a certain charm. Bogart is a pleasure to watch with his aloofness carried well throughout. The Hepburn character had some pretty dramatic fluctuations that didn't feel sustainable without at a commitment one way or the other.

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I think, for me, this film feels very American...but in a kind of depressing/disappointing way that says a lot more about the polluted state of this here national (indie?) cinema and nothing, really, about the people within its borders. It's kind of like a cheap, exploitative fictionalized ethnography that panders to sentimentality and voyeurism. The characters are meant to be taken as wholly unique, right? So, we forgive the mom, we admire the manager, and we love the kid. How…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ½

    The generational epitome of a foundered, self important, and very postmodern delusion.