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  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

    The Postman Always Rings Twice

    ★★★½

    So confession time, I thought I had seen this in my youth, but nope. In addition, Visconti's Ossessione, the first filmed version of this book, is one of my favorite films. Which is to say, in comparison, this one just doesn't come close to being as compelling. That said, here are a few things I really liked:

    The use of lipstick in the film as a symbol of Lana Turner's Cora.

    The use of white clothing on Cora and how…

  • Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    ★★★★

    Finished this mini-series last night, and I just want to give a huge congratulations to Sarah Polley's adaptation of Margaret Atwood's work and the excellent direction of Mary Harron. The whole things lives or dies in the casting of Grace, and Sarah Gadon is a marvel. She is beyond compelling.

    Fun also to see David Cronenberg, virtually unrecognizable, in a strong supporting role. The whole cast is strong, and I was left with the story firmly in my dreams over…

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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…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    Apologies upfront because I know everyone loves it, and I am not trying to take away your joy. I saw it in 2D in an XD theatre, btw.

    What I liked:
    Roger Deakins better finally get that Oscar. This film is visually stunning.

    Gave me and my fiance plenty to talk about for hours and art should inspire thought.

    Villeneuve is a great director. The casino scene was a stand out.

    What I didn't:

    The sound was too loud. XD…