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  • Marie Antoinette

    Marie Antoinette

    ★★★★

    [76/100]

    A lot of the reviews I've read of Marie Antoinette talk about it as being ahistorical, which is obviously correct in a certain sense, but ultimately a misleading characterization, I think. It's true insofar as the movie plays fast and loose with historical facts and period detail, with its miss-mash of accents and its jukebox soundtrack; but it all seems to me to be in service of capturing something you might call hyperhistorical: understanding and experiencing what it would…

  • Ruby Sparks

    Ruby Sparks

    ★★½

    [47/100]

    I found it sort of frustrating that Ruby Sparks wasn't better, since there was so much potential in the story - but the direction is so nondescript that, for me, it muddles what might have been a fairly pointed satire of certain romantic comedy tropes and male authorship. There are a lot of moments that openly critique and poke fun at the empty muse cliche, like when Ruby spontaneously jumps in the pool in the middle of a conversation…

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  • The Warriors

    The Warriors

    ★★★★

    This was a true B-movie in the best way possible. The whole thing was like a cartoon world come to life - goofy gangs in their hilarious costumes trying to prevent the cowboy-vested Warriors from making their way back home to Coney Island. What I really loved was the use of space. It was extremely atmospheric, and the settings were wonderfully fleshed out, like the levels of a video game. Each scene, the Warriors encounter a new location, like a…

  • Broadcast News

    Broadcast News

    ★★★★½

    I love how this is so carefully constructed, projecting an instantly classic feeling despite its sprawl. The three primary characters are a great foundation for the story, each with a distinctive personality possessing something that the others lack. Meanwhile, it's a joy to watch them interact, filmed with a perspective that often shifts dynamically from person to person. This is epitomized in the work party scene, with cameras that track in circles as the members of the news crew move…