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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★½

    How can anyone claim to be doing good as they consistently recoil at the sight of the people they are supposed to be helping and lead them to lives of meaningless and unnecessary suffering? I can’t think of any other film that captures the Christian spirit so well. I can also think of few that come this close to making it seem appealing. Always a bit odd to me but Scorsese films have done so much more to help me…

  • Enough Said

    Enough Said

    ★★★

    When the two leads were together it was really compelling but I didn’t care about any of the side stories. Gandolfini was especially good in a different type of role but a lot of his scenes, especially ones where he talked about plans for the future, took on a sad undertone knowing he died before the film was released.

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    Space epics, especially the subgenre of space epics about dads in space, are quite often films that I absolutely adore. This is among the very best of them and among the very best of all films. The acting and the visuals both stunningly convey the isolation, the hostility, and the beauty of space and life. A compelling vision of the future it shows a universe where so much is possible yet nothing is escapable and the same dilemmas of obligation…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    When I first saw this, much of my reflection was dedicated to thinking about my relationship with my father. On a second viewing, I find myself thinking much more about my relationship with the world and with my life as a whole. 
    It’s awfully easy to get so caught up in the big picture that you miss the small details. The things you want but don’t have, the things you have but don’t want, the dreams and aspirations that will…