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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★★

    The timing of me watching this is spot on. Last week my grandfather died, and we just returned from his services in Florida. During the many contemplative conversations that surround such a gathering, I shared with my wife a thought I’ve long kept to myself. When someone dies one of my first thoughts is "are they watching now, and can they see everything I’ve done?" I explained that time must be different, and that although we were standing in his…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★½

    Is it ok for me to publicly say that I enjoy the Idea of Wonder Woman more than the actual execution?

    I ask this for two reasons. The first most pressing reason is because this has been touted as the thing that fixed all movies for women. I'm reminded of the idea that Racism doesn't exist anymore because Barack Obama was President. This is more than just a well received and highly profitable film about a female directed by a…

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  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★★

    I have long contended that the setting in a Coen brothers movie is also a character. By this I mean that their settings are often one of the most distinguishing elements of their films, their settings help to drive the plot just as much as the people do, and their settings seem to have a life of their own.

    I'm often in awe of the authentic language they are able to give their characters based on the setting, balancing a…

  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★★

    Whenever Miller's Crossing begins, I get the same feeling I do when talking to an old friend or listening to a favorite song from my youth. Movies like GoodFellas can cause the "I can't turn it off" effect. This film also falls into that category. But GoodFellas excites and challenges, where Miller's Crossing comforts.

    The Coen Brothers have a layered use of language, and this is a prime example. Here the language works as a way of establishing setting, of…