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  • Konrad

    Konrad

    ★★½

    This is such a strange, strange movie. It was made for TV and it's evident in every bit of the script, the acting, and the cinematography. It feels even more strongly like some sort of PSA for children, but what in the world is the message being sent here? "Don't stress about being perfect," I guess. There's nothing overtly cringy or uncomfortable or BAD here, it's all too goshdarn sincere for that. It's too innocent and well-intentioned to hate, but…

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★

    There's a lot about this movie that I like a lot. It's slow and thoughtful about its characters in a way that Bergman often is -- it's very theatrical. Individual lines and insights are gorgeous. These are such great characters. It just has a strange emotional arc, hitting its peak in the middle of the film and coming down somewhat anticlimactically after that. But overall, scene by scene, it's really beautifully done.

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★

    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★½

    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…