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  • The Wild Boys

    The Wild Boys

    ★★★

    Interesting.  His shorts are better...

    But i still hope he keeps making stuff. Maybe the next feature will be awesome.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    This film is HAUNTED. 

    I never fully appreciate a PT Anderson movie the first time, probably bc each one is like entering a fully formed, foreign world with its own rules and intricacies, and it takes time to get acquainted. You have to live in it, not just watch it.

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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,…