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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    "That's what I'm working on
    A song to fix what's wrong
    Take what's broken
    Make it whole
    A song so beautiful
    It brings the world back into tune"
    -"Come Home With Me," Hadestown

    One of the best love stories I've ever seen brought to screen. It is filled with the kind of earnest moments that, in a lesser film, would induce eyerolling and doubt. Here, Céline Sciamma makes you feel why those things have become cliches because the two leads–the…

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    Holy shit.

    I think what's amazing about the film is how much it doesn't show. There's so much power in suggestion, and the way this movie points your mind in various directions (cannibalism, sexual violence, etc.) without ever showing anything actually happening to that effect on screen is masterful. Combined with the wonderfully gritty cinematography, the use of the sun and moon especially, gives the entire movie a sense of isolated loneliness. No one is coming for help. There is…

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  • Man of the West

    Man of the West

    ★★★½

    This is my second Anthony Mann Western, and while I think Winchester ‘73 is a better film, his use of color and shot choice feels like a slightly more realistic version of the genre. For 1958, it feels incredibly modern in look, feel, and storytelling. The pacing is excellent. 

    Throughout the film, I kept going back and forth on if Gary Cooper’s age helped or hurt the film. On the one hand, it makes him more vulnerable and the story…

  • Scarlet Street

    Scarlet Street

    ★★★★

    "Lazy Legs..."

    Wow! Blown away by this one. A pitch back noir that turns in on itself over and over. It works in part because of Edward G. Robinson's performance, full of warmth and desperation. Meek until he isn't, it's so different from the pushy-fast talker we usually see from Robinson.

    And this is positively dark. Joan Bennett is a truly ingenious heartless femme fatale, and neither man will stand in her way, especially because she makes them think everything…

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  • Kubo and the Two Strings

    Kubo and the Two Strings

    ★★★★★

    An excellent adventure fable. The least complex Laika film to date, but no less rewarding. Gorgeous animation and a well-crafted story. It feels huge while being intimate.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★½

    With his earlier films, Tarantino took his influences and remixed them, making homage-laden films that still felt fresh, but this feels as slavish recreation as sections of the new The Lion King in terms of recreating things that already existed. Especially when it is inconsistent. Or compare the way Tarantino treats Margot Robbie as Tate versus DiCaprio as Dalton. DiCaprio gets lovingly inserted or stars in recreated footage, while Robbie’s Tate only gets to watch the real one on a…