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  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★

    I mean, if you know me you know I love westerns, but I really dug this. There's a section maybe toward the ends of the second act where the 4 main characters are just hangin' out together in the frontier, and it's perfectly serene and everything I want from cinema (minus ridiculous visuals, I guess). At the simplest level it wasn't the broad comedy I was sorta expecting from the trailer—it has broad comedy moments, but they're few and far…

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★

    The half of this movie that's Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek growing old and facing the decision of what to do with the limited time they have left is transcendent. It manages to confront the horrifying abyss of choice & true agency, the satisfaction of the death drive, the conflict between settling down and staying active, the division between doing what you love and being with who you love, all while somehow remaining light on its feet and always infinitely charming.…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Ever since I joined Letterboxd, nothing has scared me more than the idea of trying to write about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The fact that everything has "already been said" about this masterpiece has itself already been said so many times that there's not even an original means of expressing my lack of originality left at my disposal. So with the knowledge that I will probably never be able to fully encapsulate what makes this my favorite movie of all…

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…