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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    On one of the Criterion extras, Joel Coen mentions the irony of authenticity as an identity - the branding of authenticity, in and of itself, is a baroque idea. That fascinates me. Llewyn clearly valued authenticity more than anything. Something he most likely shared with his former musical partner, Mike Timlin, of whom he revered. His music evoked that. Mike's death also took with it Llewyn's soul. Llewyn's rejection of other folk artists wasn't jealously. It was disgust - as…

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  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★★

    One of my favorite debuts.

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★½

    I have a hard time with Refn. I want to love this movie, but Refn typically sacrifices subtle storytelling for impetuous fallouts, viscera and all. I always come away feeling like I almost watched something truly great.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ½

    A failure on every level. An exhaustive, burned-out conclusion to an already hollowed-out story line. Let the past die indeed.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★

    I hate to say it, but Villeneuve misses the mark with Blade Runner 2049. His vision of a familiar, albeit barren Los Angeles strays from Ridley Scott's vision with brightly lit, antiseptic interiors and exteriors painted with fog. This sequel is sterile, ditching the messy melancholy of the original. The result is... kinda dull.

    You can tell the characters are feeling it too. Especially Ryan Gosling's K. He meanders with little to no agency. By design, I know, but it…