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  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★

    Awesome zombie movie. Maybe the best zombie movie. Not everything works but DAMN that young girl is so good, she was breaking my heart at the end. And the man with the pregnant wife is the coolest action hero character in quite some time. The S Koreans (at least the filmmakers whose work travels) are the masters mixing tone. Dry comedy in a grounded world that still has cinematic flourish and awesome action. What more could you ask for?

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    Had a blast when watching it and now a week later literally remember nothing. Like, nothing. But it was fun.

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  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Of course this film requires two viewings, but I hadn't realized just how much deeper I would experience the film a second time. The first time through, "The Tree of Life" seemed merely like a beautiful surface of jumbled memories and moments, the long childhood sequence the most (perhaps only) substantial part. The second time through, I see how simple the film's ideas are, and how profoundly, almost magically they are conveyed to the audience. I will speak about God…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★½

    In the coming weeks it will be fascinating to read all the posts and articles about the exceptional stitching on the emperor's new clothes.

    I haven't read the novel, but I've read The Crying of Lot 49 and it feels like Anderson simply transcribed Pynchon's novel onto the screen. A laudable idea, except Anderson fails to translate the written word into cinematic language.

    The exposition is the biggest stumbling block with this tactic. The film is primarily exposition. As in,…