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  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★

    I once watched this with an uncle who is a very serious birder who spent the whole viewing humorously complaining that the wrong bird sounds were used for all of the different kinds of birds that were seen. I watched this as a double feature with Take Shelter as two movies that play like introductions to bigger disaster movies that could have followed in the viewers imaginations. I could have sworn I had a previous review of this a couple of years ago so I'm glad to have gone out of my way for this rewatch.

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★½

    I watched this in a double feature with Psycho. I hadn't realized how many parallels ran between the two movies aside from the influence of the story of Ed Gein. Anthony Perkins and Anthony Hopkins give the same look to camera that was attributed to Stanley Kubrick when they are in prison cells, and both have checkered uses of men dressing in women's clothing and the justifications critics and filmmakers made over the years.

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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★★★

    It's interesting to see little hints in this on rewatch. I also noticed that maybe I just didn't pay enough attention the first time I saw this. The super emo music isn't as jarring when you know it's coming but the name of the band, Radwimps, is still funny.

  • The Producers

    The Producers

    ★★★½

    The story is a little thin, the jokes are okay but the entertainment level is up there. This still feels like Mel Brooks figuring things out. I wasn't sure if I had ever seen this all the way through before and it turns out there was quite a bit I hadn't actually seen.

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    This sets itself apart in the MI series of movies through its visual storytelling and the Hitchcock-like suspense mixed with a mini-Ocean’s 11-style heist factor. The cold open is one of the best in the series. Ving Rhames finally gets a shot at a little spot to shine by showing that he is a bit of the heart of the team, while simultaneously showing his character’s technical expertise. I’m glad this movie doesn’t fall into being a sloppy romantic triangle around Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt. This could really find its way getting bumped up to five stars for just the love of movies.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    You can’t have a Host without a Parasite. I tried really hard to come in to this movie cold and based on the name alone I figured it would be one of the Bong science fiction movies like The Host, Okja or Snowpiecer. I didn’t realize it would be one of his straight thrillers like Mother or Memories of a Murder until I was walking up to the ticket counter and heard an old man with his grandson giving him…