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  • Time

    Time

    ★★★★½

    Film, at its best, captures humanity - those little details that add up to what it means to be a human being. TIME, a moving meditation on a family forcibly separated by incarceration, does exactly that. There is courage and sorrow, romance and resilience, sin and repentance, ambition and resignation, the political and the personal, God and magic, melancholy and joy. At times, this documentary captures moments so intimate they feel more humbling than voyeuristic to me as a viewer.…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★

    My biological grandfather wrote for Life Magazine in Denver in 1960s. During this time, him and my grandmother became friends with another Life employee, a certain Jack Fincher. Fincher and my grandmother stayed in touch throughout the course of my grandfather's death and my grandmother's remarriage, and after all parties involved ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fincher's family and my grandparents' periodically got together. My father and his siblings tell stories of going over to the Fincher's…

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  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★

    Hitchcock at his showiest, funniest, horniest, and most rollicking. Not particularly deep, but certainly a good time.

  • The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises

    ★★★★★

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

    The defining feature of THE WIND RISES is its ambiguity. Miyazaki largely eschews exposition, jumping from timepoint to timepoint and slipping in and out of dreams without announcement. He also forgoes the moral clarity that characterizes most of his work. While plenty of Miyazaki’s films feature ambiguous villains, THE WIND RISES goes further, featuring an ambiguous protagonist. We see Jiro as sympathetic and humane...but also as willing to sacrifice his moral scruples about war and the wellbeing of his beloved…

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  • A Dog's Will

    A Dog's Will

    ★★★½

    Letterboxd's most divisive movie. The popularity of A DOG'S WILL among Brazilian users lifted the film into the Top 10 Narrative Features, which led to a backlash of non-Brazilian users condescendingly accusing Brazilian users of being biased, which led to an apparent Brazilian vote brigading campaign in retaliation. Both sides keep insisting that A DOG'S WILL is a "cultural thing" and that you have to be Brazilian to really get it.

    In my view, people are taking this whole affair…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    NOMADLAND begins as an examination of the damage left behind by neoliberalism, of the people struggling to survive a world carved up the economic powers that be. It eventually blossoms into a more universal meditation on loss, on how the world constantly changes, ultimately leaving all of us behind. Caught up in this change, the protagonist can longer accept a life that just stays the same. She has tasted attachment, and now wants to live a life free of it,…