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  • Humpday

    Humpday

    "I'm making an erotic art film."
    I haven't seen any of Lynn Shelton's films and only knew this by reputation for its subject matter and because it put her on the map. Pete and I are talking about it on The Next Reel Film Podcast soon as we're kicking off a Lynn Shelton series, and I'm really interested in where our discussion will go with this one. I'm also really curious to see more of her films to see where…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    It's hard to go wrong with this one. Now I'll be singing The Riddle of the Model and Drive It Like You Stole It for days. And I'm okay with that.

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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.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    Ergh. (That's for you, Chris.)

    What happened here? Ridley Scott. Cormac McCarthy. A ridiculously talented cast. A ridiculously talented crew.

    I love McCarthy's books and 2 of his movie adaptations. Maybe I should blame him for a nonsensical, overly talky story? There were so many monologues, I actually began hoping someone would finally say, "Oh, you caught me monologuing!"

    There were a few great scenes, but those paired with the rest didn't add up to a cohesive story. Not to…