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  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story

    ★★★★½

    I watched this today for the second time with my mother, and found myself going huh? far too many times for my liking, because I remembered absolutely loving The Philadelphia Story the first time around. I still do have some qualms with the idea that Tracy is to blame for taking a stand against her ex-husband's alcoholism and her father's extramarital affair, but perhaps that's exactly the point... forgiveness as an essential virtue of the true woman and all that…

  • I Vitelloni

    I Vitelloni

    ★★★★★

    I Vitelloni is quiet, assured, and bursting with atmosphere. The characters are careless jerks, sure, but you can’t help but like them anyway. The existential ennui they face is all too familiar. I Vitelloni captures the bittersweet aimlessness of fast-fading youth in a way that makes it seem both nostalgic and frightening. To be stuck in limbo like that for an indefinite amount of time in such a small town, regardless of how sweet and sleepy it is... it’s hard…

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  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★

    Boyhood, or An Excruciatingly Overlong Celebration of Suburban Mediocrity, is an aimless and outwardly ambitionless film, much like its central character, whose name doesn’t matter because he always remains a stranger to us anyway. It celebrates the coming-of-age of a perfectly normal boy who, by the end of the film, looks ready to grow into yet another struggler. Okay.

    Initially, Mason’s passivity seems interesting, if only because his silence seems to promise maturity and perhaps even youthful wisdom. But when…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    “Someday this war’s gonna end.”

    Chills. When that serene green landscape with those beautiful palm trees and the curling yellow fumes bursts into flame, when the beat drops and that voice begins to sing this is the end, I felt chills run up and down my spine. This was going to be something great. I could feel it in my bones.

    What do you get when you give a brilliant, hubristic mind the freedom to make whatever the fuck he…