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  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★½

    Ummm, cats and Istanbul? Yes, please. Plus, I finally used Kanopy. I'm so glad this free streaming service is available through our public library.

    We've been missing Merlin (our 18 year old cat who died last year) so this made us squee and get all soft/mushy. I also really enjoyed getting to revel in the postcard loveliness of the city.

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★½

    I need help. I know this was shot in 4:3 aspect ratio, but did everyone else have it not fill the screen at the cinema? Even odder is that both my husband and I felt it did fill the screen and then suddenly, didn't, with black on both sides.

    I found this deeply unfortunate because my fretting about it completely took me out of the film. This was, in large part, because the framing and cinematography were so breathtakingly good.…

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  • 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…

  • 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 I can recognize the amazing craft, the historical references, the surprising break from the known, the elegance and beauty in the work, and yet, if it doesn't engage my heart, leaves me impressed but ultimately cold.