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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    The struggle against, and triumph over nature.

  • Duel

    Duel

    ★★★½

    Some fun formal exercises. While his mastery of filmic mechanics is certainly not in question, this is completely necessary in studying Spielberg in how revelatory it is in that he is an engineer first and foremost.

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★½

    "I got beat up. I'm the victim here."
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    "Cross the room if you've ever been blamed for something you didn't do."

    Many months before the films North American release, I joked that Good Time looked like "a modern-day Phil Karlson picture" so I was doubly pleasantly surprised when I found that this film approximated that feeling. In his annual love-letter to Cannes, Mark Peranson called the film "a kind of Dionysian New York Gesamtkunstwerk....immersion without identification." Where Good Time…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

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

    More on this later hopefully - but the social significance of Scorsese's gangster pictures is perhaps underwritten, and with the exception of the DiCaprio films (though perhaps a case can be made for Gangs) these are all situated at a very specific time in 20th Century America, a period where whiteness is only just beginning to accept ethnic "subgroups" such as Italian, Irish, or Jewish into conventional American culture (we literally see the moment that begins with the election of…