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  • 8 Mile

    8 Mile

    ★★★½

    Whenever I see a screenplay credit on a cripplingly formulaic film like this it makes me second guess my entire life.  This film never makes even the faintest attempt to rise above the underdog cliche and I can’t imagine the screenplay took all that long to throw together.

    What makes this is the shading (yeah, I know) that Eminem and his upbringing provide, blending in with the formula to imbue it with auethenticity and heart.  Like the rapper, this film…

  • Marjorie Prime

    Marjorie Prime

    ★★★

    The first time I’ve watched a film for it’s composer and in that way, it was worth it. It’s yet another play adaptation that doesn’t make the necessary transition to film.

    Full of interesting ideas that gradually get more interesting as it evolves but an inability to properly explore them beyond the confines of the transposed stage. There’s a brief point where we start comparing and contrasting the projections of these people as their loved ones see them with who…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    I am reluctant to talk about this film too much.  Darren Aronofsky created something unholy here.  It feels wrong to air this film so callously.  He made a film about creation.  In any form.  You can apply it to whatever form of creation you wish.  Creation, art, God, nature.  And the cost.

    I am honestly stunned by the unnerving honesty on display in this film.  It became pretty clear pretty early on with Javier Bardem's character that Aronofsky had decided…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    A passionate love letter to passion and love. I don't have a lot here, La La Land is lovely and pristine and a lot more real than I ever expected.

    A love story between two people, one in love with performing and one in love with jazz, although it's not immediately clear the true parameters of this love story.

    I was pretty deeply surprised by where this went in its arc and follow through concerning the logical progressions for what…