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  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★½

    The visual stunningness of this film really caught me by surprise. It was genuinely enchanting.

  • Fantasia 2000

    Fantasia 2000

    ★★★

    I used to have this as one of my letterboxd favorites, which was definitely a mistake and meant to be the original Fantasia. As much as I love the Al Hirschfeld/George Gershwin number (and as much as seeing it was a formative experience for me growing up), this concert feature feels significantly more dated and less impactful than the 75 year old original masterpiece. 

    Fantasia 2000 was an attempt to continue Disney's concept of creating a feature that was never…

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  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    ★★★★½

    So apparently in 2013 I wrote a really pretentious review of this movie (cannot recall writing it at all 😱). I watched it again last night because I just had a lecture on 18th century Rococo and neo-classical design history & criticism. The connection between music and God makes much more sense to me having learned that this century was really the first to take "elevated" music out of chapels at all. What a dream it would be to work on…

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★★

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

    This film's power lies in its simplicity and realism. In a relationship, continuing to love one another is a deliberate choice that requires work, apparently even after 45 years. But love is also more than just commitment and will. When Kate could not accept her husband's love as truth, it broke my heart. Such an acute kind of suffering, losing sight through rose-colored glasses.