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  • Eve's Bayou

    Eve's Bayou

    ★★★

    [58/100]

    Eve's Bayou weaves a little bit frustratingly in and out of terrific atmosphere, with a corny score and occasionally stilted acting bumping up against wonderful passages of weighty silence and dreamy, ominous imagery. For me, Director Kasi Lemmons has a knack for powerful moments, often built on an intense close-up or silently lingering take - like the beautiful scenes of reliving memories, or when the characters first notice the voodoo woman at the market.

    Ultimately, I think the scenes…

  • While We're Young

    While We're Young

    ★★★½

    [64/100]

    I was expecting something sort of half-assed, but I ended up liking this probably more than any other Baumbach I've seen. If I try to pinpoint exactly why, I'd say that I just found it really funny, and I think the focus on broad comic themes made the mid-life crisis stuff go down easier. The millennial/hipster characters are just hyperbolic enough to be hilarious, and the slapstick fish-out-of-water jokes - Stiller in a fedora, pulling up hurt while biking…

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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…