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  • Death Proof

    ★★★★

  • Between the Lines

    ★★★

  • The Joy Luck Club

    ★★★★

  • Eye of the Needle

    ★★★

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    “Meth is really big here. Meth and modernism.”
    Kogonada positions his actors against imposing man-made backgrounds with utmost forethought, choosing his angles with care. There isn't an bland image in the whole film. Shots repeat. Alleys, statues, arches, glass walls, the clocktower with the lopsided clockface, the church with the crooked cross ... we return to them multiple times, Kogonada giving us time to ponder them, to absorb oneself into them.
    There's so much sorrow in Columbus, it permeates the air.…

  • Network

    Network

    ★★★★★

    “You need me. You need me badly. Because I'm your last contact with human reality. I love you. And that painful, decaying love is the only thing between you and the shrieking nothingness you live the rest of the day.“
    What makes Network fantastic is the string of monologues throughout the film that make the prescient themes come to life. You can feel the screenplay screaming at you. This is one of those seminal indictments on the media that comes across…

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  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★½

    Sciamma’s latest is the second film I’ve seen from her, and while it does not reach the narrative or technical heights and thematic depths of Girlhood (2014), it still packs an emotional wallop of its own. What stands out most about Petit Maman’s execution in that it's not as concerned with formal techniques or subversion, as it is with simply conveying a feeling. I hesitate to call this a coming-of-age story, it feels like a lot more than that; it's as much…

  • These Three

    These Three

    ★★★★

    “When three people come to you with their lives spread out on a table for you to cut to pieces, then the only honest thing for you to do is to give them a chance to come out whole.”
    Though I found Wyler’s remake of this, The Children’s Hour (1961), this original, less faithful adaptation of the play on which it’s based is still a great watch. The child actors are quite good, without which the drama's effectiveness would have been…

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★★

    The Virgin factually accurate biopic vs the Chad impressionistic character study. 

    In other words—as evident by the protestations from the person who saw the movie with me—this isn’t how Diana really was. My poor Dianaphilic companion couldn’t see the forest for the trees. She was most upset by Kristen Stewart’s overly histrionic, borderline high camp take on the beautiful, miserable princess—one who despite the worst turmoil always kept her best foot forward and tried her hardest. Emma Corrin’s portrayal on…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    “Two years of nights have turned me into a nocturnal animal.“
    Oh my lord where to start. Batman will always be my favorite “super”hero, even if he is just a venture capitalist with PTSD that pretty much buys his way into having enough firepower and technical versatility to position himself above the law on the food chain so he can work out his issues in a sadistic and masochistic manner on people no one would miss. Yes, it’s unethical, but…