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  • The Red Shoes
  • Casablanca
  • The Godfather
  • His Girl Friday

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  • What Women Want

    ★★★½

  • No Time to Die

    ★★★

  • Scandal Sheet

    ★★★½

  • Shockproof

    ★★½

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  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★★★★

    Tonight he’ll be at Rick’s. Eventually everyone goes to Rick’s.

    Casablanca (1942) is one of the best movies of all time. It came out in the midst of World War II and yet doesn’t come close to the cheap tricks or laborious lectures of propaganda . Still, the context is there and an agenda. It won Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay Oscars. Some of dialogue is known by everyone. There are plenty of movies that won awards and had quotable…

  • The Red Shoes

    The Red Shoes

    ★★★★★

    It is much more disheartening to have to steal than to be stolen from.

    I typically shy away from the term “masterpiece”. Perhaps that is because I conflate it with perfection rather than the mere work of a master. That perfection should be obvious to everyone and be separate from nostalgia and historical context–unless context is a conscious ingredient–and thus applies to very few films. In film, being a collaborative medium with so many people at work that go unseen…

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★

    A solid, linear, sincere action movie. Enjoyable and unobjectionable. It occurred to me that they're shooting (or grading) films for HDR, which is going to keep physical media relevant and upgrading home theaters necessary to enjoy the movies.

  • Scandal Sheet

    Scandal Sheet

    ★★★½

    A great story, great resolution. Execution didn't quite hit the bullseye. Maybe it was too ahead of it's time or Karlson couldn't balance the tone or the performances didn't land. While I didn't recognize our hero, I can't say he was bad, nor would I say that Crawford made a single error. But, upon reflection, I think it was Crawford's fault. Too grim and determined, playing one note (very well) rather than a dynamic character with charisma as well as…

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★

    Given that I didn't know exactly what I was in for, it is churlish of me to say I was very disappointed, but I was very disappointed. I saw good reviews, classical story, beautiful images, and thought "Finally, after over a year and a half, I'm finally going to see something awesome." Instead, Lowery made something decidedly weird. Admirably, there's no hand-holding through its nebulous plot and indecipherable motivations, but there was no relief from that nebulous indecipherablity. I saw…