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  • 2 Days in Paris

    2 Days in Paris

    ★★★½

    I hadn't caught up with this film, although I love Julie Delpy, until recently. I was reminded of it because of this great list of films currently streaming that pass the Bechdel Test. Delpy wrote, directed, edited and scored this film. That's an impressive accomplishment.

    The connections with Linklater's Before trilogy are apparent from the get-go in this film. We meet Jack and Marion on a train in Europe. And they spend much of the film walking, talking, arguing and…

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    Not every surprise is a good surprise. 10 Cloverfield Lane is, to my mind, the only successful film in this loosely tied together trilogy. The pairing with the 2018 Super Bowl was a sharp idea, though.

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  • Things to Come

    Things to Come

    ★★★★★

    There's a passage from Rousseau that Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert who is, perhaps next to Juliette Binoche and Maggie Cheung, the best working actress in the world) teaches to her students in the 3rd act of this film. It is a passage about desire supplanting or superseding happiness. That it is the expectation of something good happening that brings true pleasure. That it is this hope for things to come that is the source of pleasure. Not the things themselves coming…

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★½

    More Lea Seydoux. Less everything else, please.

    Also, where did the Sam Mendes of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and JARHEAD go? I want that guy back.