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  • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
  • Emily the Criminal
  • Barton Fink
  • Miller's Crossing

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  • Till

    ★★★½

  • Blonde

    ★★★★

  • Happy Death Day

    ★★★★½

  • Groundhog Day

    ★★★★★

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  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★½

    Pure joy. Pure entertainment. Pure cinema.

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    Like a brilliant piece of music conducted by a true maestro, this film weaves through many nuanced and complex story beats with a big character completely embodied by Cate Blanchett. It's not just the story, though, nor the lead character. Todd Field clearly has an understanding as to how to put something like this together. Deft and complex long takes. Sound design. The rest of the cast and their performances. The music choices.

    All in all, this pulled me in and I was mesmerized for the entirety of its 2.5+ hour run time. Stunning filmmaking.

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  • Till

    Till

    ★★★½

    Difficult but important story to take the family to. I'd like to say I see more change in my country since this took place, but it sure doesn't feel like much has changed sometimes.

  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★★

    Haunting story. I know Norma Jean had it rough, but this was heartbreaking stuff. My biggest challenge with stories like this is the line it walks between fiction and reality. How much is to be believed? We'll likely never know but as it stands, it crafted a well-told story of a broken human caught in the spotlight who never found what she was looking for.

    Side note... I'm not sure I ever really understood what the director was saying with the shifts from color to black-and-white, or from one aspect ratio to another.

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★

    I always go back and forth on whether I like this film or not, but rewatching it, I really found myself captivated by the characters and, in particular, Tommy's journey into isolation.

    I don't think I'd classify this as a gangster genre film, even though that's its subject. It's not really a crime story either. It's really a character piece about a character whose motivations are always hidden, and half the time seemingly even from himself.

    Sonnenfeld's cinematography and Burwell's score are standouts in this film. Production design, casting, direction -- all spot-on.

    Great film.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    The entire thing is brilliant and odd and connects with me on so many levels. Incredibly cathartic. I immediately wanted to run to the largest screen showing it to watch it again.