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  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    Expertly craftsmanlike in a way that Nolan's work always has been, but here artistically highlighted by the almost experimental non-traditional narrative structure and by the relative lack of dialogue (the soundtrack and sound design carry an immense amount of weight). Feels most often like being an egg inside a vice grip, where each turn of the handle might finally fracture your fragile shell. Nolan uses his signature exceptional parallel editing to create both an appropriate sense of unease when things…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★

    Further evidence that the biggest weakness of these movies is their action scenes. Tom Holland is absolutely delightful, Karen is wonderful, and all the coming-of-age genre stuff works. I like that the film attempts to tackle the fallout of Age of Ultron, and Vulture is surprisingly one of my favorite villains in the MCU, but otherwise all the other connections to the rest of the Marvel franchise felt like they detracted from the vibe of everything else. Maybe I'm not…

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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,…