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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    Dafoe's Bobby may be my favourite character to arise from the last couple years of American cinema. It won't necessarily go down as one of the greatest performances in American cinema (neither showy nor developed), but it should go down as one of the classic roles, a character we still talk about decades from now, which Dafoe makes possible.

    I'd wager a lot of us are more familiar with this world of budget motels than we'd care to admit. Of…

  • My Man Godfrey

    My Man Godfrey

    ★★★½

    Despite a very poor transfer (coincidentally, a Criterion edition of the film was released today, so there are certainly superior viewing conditions out there), My Man Godfrey oozes charm.

    I don't typically cry out for remakes, however this is a very remake-friendly film. I'm surprised Hollywood opted for Mr. Deeds instead of this Capra-nian cousin, as it would have been a perfect Hollywood idea a quarter century ago (maybe a Bill Murray vehicle), or more recently in the guise of…

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  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★½

    A couple years ago, this film was firmly in my Top 50. I haven't seen the film for a couple years now, and by the time I did my top 100 Letterboxd list, this was no where in sight. I've decided this film requires a rewatch.

    This film is a delight from Cronenberg. It mixes various little film influences together into a great little story. But the film wouldn't work without the acting. Mortensen gives one of his best ever…

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★★½

    Believe the hype.

    Gravity has been earmarked in many ways as the 'next Avatar' for quite a while now, in terms of changing the game when it comes to the cinema experience. Plus, it comes with a strong pedigree. Children of Men was my film of the 2000s (actually my favourite film since my birth in '88), plus Cauron is a technically taut director capable at delivering transportive and magical universalist stories which appeal to the mainstream and art-house, young…