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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    Little Women is a charming film. It feels so alive, like the camera dropped in on the lives of these characters. Much of the charm lies on the performances - they're all excellent. So much of what makes us human is packed into this story and these characters. Passion. Frustration. Jealousy. Grace. Grief. Beauty. Duty. Disappointment. Compassion. Love. Moments big and small feel emotionally charged, and the result is a film that breathes with life.

    As far as gripes go,…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    I'm gonna have to go ahead and agree with the masses: Parasite is an excellent, masterful film. I probably had a dozen-or-so folks tell me this is "amazing" before I finally got around to seeing it. I try my best not to get too hyped for any movie, but it was hard to avoid with Parasite. Thankfully it lived up to its billing.

    This is, regrettably, my first Bong Joon-ho film. I've been meaning to see others, like Okja, Snowpiercer,…

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  • A War to End No Wars

    A War to End No Wars

    This is a stop-motion animated short film that screened prior to my showing of 1917. I'll admit I wasn't completely paying attention to it at the time, so I went back to YouTube to watch it today. The poem and pictures in the second half caught my attention in the theater. The brief animated story in the first half is a nice complementary piece. Apparently this took 8 years to make, so hats off to the woman who persevered to bring it to life.

    You can watch it here.

  • Grumpy Old Men

    Grumpy Old Men

    Flying home to Minnesota for a long weekend and the wife hadn't seen this before, so we watched it together. Grumpy Old Men is nothing spectacular, but you get to see the silver screen's best odd couple, Lemmon and Matthau, trade jabs over the radiant Ann-Margret, so what's there to complain about? It's a very '90s comedy, the music being the biggest giveaway. An overbearing score + bizarre poppy soundtrack. Yup, that's a '90s comedy.

    I have to say don't…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Amazing. Probably the best superhero movie I've ever seen. Even if I'm not fully prepared to stamp that as a guarantee, I'd still say it embodies everything a comic book movie should be more than any other one I've seen. I told my brother that this lone film is better than the 40+ hours of film comprising the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lo and behold, he agreed! And this is a big boi MCU fan we're talkin' here.

    Spider-Man: Into the…

  • 1917

    1917

    A remarkable, audacious piece of filmmaking. 1917 may be the best World War I film I've ever seen. I can't recall one more thrilling, engrossing, and moving.

    The cinematography and production design are breathtaking and immersive. The direction and performances are great, George MacKay being the stand out. The story is simple yet powerful, thanks to the direction and performances. Yes, it's awfully convenient at times, but that's what comes with the territory of the single-shot conceit (though it's obviously…