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  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • His Girl Friday
  • Under the Silver Lake

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  • The Master

    ★★

  • Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

  • Cigarettes & Coffee

  • Inherent Vice

    ★½

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★

    it’s an acting showcase (PSH doing most of the heavy lifting) and has some pretty neat direction from Anderson, yet it’s thematically vacant. I love a good Joaquin performance just as much as the next guy, but its mundanity really does negate its boastful presentation.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    four years—give or take—can change quite a bit for a person it seems. my juvenile initial reaction aside, nearly everything about this film is effortlessly gorgeous and handled with fastidious care. it’s fully realized, and formally ambitious with a touch of old hollywood magic, yet PTA’s sensibilities feel so reined in. pushing past its technicalities and my surface level observations, there’s still so much to dissect. am i late to the party or what?

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  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★★

    a staggeringly brooding and atmospheric masterpiece filled with loneliness and regret. it’s simple in its narrative, but its performances and presentation make it so distinctive. one of the best films i’ve seen in a long time.

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    ½

    a calamitous abomination for the ages. granted, i’m not a big of musicals, but i think this might’ve ruined the chances for a turnaround in the future.