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  • City Lights

    City Lights

    ★★★★★

    How many comedies make insightful jokes about homelessness and suicide while making my grandmother laugh uncontrollably during the holidays, right through her full-blown dementia at 102?

  • Gad Gone Wild

    Gad Gone Wild

    ★★★

    ***It's Gad Elmaleh performing French in Montréal so I'm pretty sure my audience, if there is one, is French-speaking, so, no English translation for the below..***

    Il se trouve qu'il a piqué la plupart de ses blagues à d'autres comiques, mais je me trouve dans l'obligation d'avouer qu'il "les fait bien." En fait Gad est plus proche de "Eddie Murphy" que "Jerry Seinfeld" avec les grimaces et les accents qui font le tour des classes sociales et des continents. En…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    TL;DR: "2001" is a great film, and it's worth watching even if the circumstances aren't perfect.

    I've been pondering what an enormous range of experiences watching a movie is for people in 2013. From silent reverence in front of 35mm projections to an iPad and headphones while falling asleep, it's a wider spectrum than what I once experienced simply as: a) going to the cinema with friends or family, b) watching on TV enduring commercial breaks or on VHS tapes…

  • Training Day

    Training Day

    ★★★★

    The best part about joining this site was retroactively giving a grade to films I've seen while combing the site's database. This was easy for me as Netflix used to have a similar social layer without half-stars that I used and I mostly clicked on the same star (give or take a 1/2). I don't know what kind of psychological profile it gives me (insane film rating completist?) but I went back pretty far in time in terms of what…