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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★

    A movie isn't meaningful just because it depicts meaningful events.

    To get it out of the way, the technical achievement of the cinematography in the movie is absolutely mindblowing. Roger Deakins is a god. Some of the sequences in this film are so beautiful that you will gasp, and the one-take gimmick puts some real technical wizardry on display, as well as clever plotting and pacing.

    However, I really don't understand what this movie is trying to say to me.…

  • Rebecca

    Rebecca

    ★★★★

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

    Was it really too much to ask for Mrs. De Winter to be the hero of her own story?? Did the exquisite mystery of this film really have to end with 5 men sitting in a circle talking? Sigh. 1940, I guess.

    I think most people are comfortable with blocking most of the third act from their memories, because other than that, this film is a psychological masterpiece.

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★★

    "I used to daydream about being old enough to go on dates and drive around with friends in cars. It was never about going anywhere really, just having some sort of freedom, I guess. Now that we're old enough, where the hell do we go?"

    There's something about It Follows. I put this film on again yesterday because I wanted to try to figure out what that something is. Something about the adolescent suburban ennui grabbed me and hasn't left…

  • Casablanca

    Casablanca

    ★★½

    I get that Casablanca is this shining, historically significant achievement and a quintessential example of a certain type of filmmaking. I get that there are some things that influence everything that came after and you gotta study the rules. But for me this movie is "the man." Watch some ethereally glamorous and petty white people cavort in North Africa and have a melodramatic love affair during a war where millions were suffering and dying? In 2020? Why??
    Obviously one can…