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  • Mad Max 2

    Mad Max 2

    ★★★★

    Letterboxd Season Challenge
    Week 2
    Australian New Wave Film

    What I liked about the first Mad Max film, Road Warrior doubles down on. It pushes much further into a distraught and bleak future. No longer a cop, Max roams the wasteland in search of fuel. A cyclical task to merely stay alive. I can see just how important a film like this would be for Australian cinema. There are many fun 80's films with tons of action, but only a…

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Cool Hand Luke

    ★★★★½

    As you would expect, exceedingly cool. Cool as hell. Possibly the coolest.

    And what you might not expect, a surprising amount to unpack and a pool of depth to explore. Upon watching I can pull Christ parallels, anti-authoritarian themes, and a musings on man's place in the world. This already would all be great, but Paul Newman is of course one of the very best.

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★

    A level headed breath of fresh air. Columbus is a film that lets you sit back and have it wash over you. It is a soothing experience of personal trials and coming to terms with the mental challenges associated with them. While a simple film, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is done in such a way that every conversation is interesting and believable, everything feels natural as well as essential. Every decision made is intentional to put the…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    The Beauty of Innocence

    This is one of the very, very few films to ever stump me. I have found The Tree of Life is too personal to give a critical review of. I won't even try to give all my thoughts on it because it would devolve to incoherent rambling.

    While many other films that try to be all encompassing may come off as pretentious, this did not. It simply feels too innocent. Too euphoric and too different.

    I…