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  • Wings of Desire
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Children of Paradise
  • Ran

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  • Two for the Road

    ★★★★

  • Black Bird

    ★★★★

  • The Ipcress File

    ★★★½

  • Love Me Tonight

    ★★★½

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  • Two for the Road

    Two for the Road

    ★★★★

    At long last, via Criterion Channel, I've finally seen it! While I was prepared for Audrey to be beautiful as ever, it was a bit startling to find Albert Finney so good-looking. Oddly, he was only 31 here (Audrey 38) as he appears to suit the 10 yrs into the marriage character best.

    This film is so artfully designed. The pace and editing between at least 5 time lines includes wonderful transition cuts and truly is a marvel. Stanley Donen…

  • Black Bird

    Black Bird

    ★★★★

    Paul Walter Hauser's performance--top notch.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    This film is much like seeing an art masterpiece at a museum. I can recognize the amazing craft, the historical references, the surprising break from the known, the elegance and beauty in the work, and yet, if it doesn't engage my heart, leaves me impressed but ultimately cold.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    Caveat: My mom was just 21 when she had me and 22 when she had my sister. She was a single parent for us from the time I was 3-14. She was on welfare until I was 7.

    I say all this because this film wrecked me. It is so non-judgmental and allows reality to breathe all the while capturing childhood in all its gritty innocence. This is an America that I am acutely aware of and which is too…