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  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Tree of Life
  • After Yang
  • The Alpinist

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  • Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

  • Ready Player One

    ★★

  • Benediction

    ★★

  • Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain

    ★★★★

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    Precise and delicate, everything is ordered and beautiful but tempered by the quiet death Reynolds’s harbors within. He is equal parts terrified of it and enraged by it, this tension touching every other area of his person and life, creating a taut world around him. Alma is the poison to his system and his understanding of the world. She is love needed, to which one belongs, and it both ruins everything, destroys him, and sets him free.

    A work of nuanced genius form PTA. Krieps and DDL are perfectly tuned to the other. An incendiary, unsettling portrayal of love and our relation to it.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    Been on my Spielberg list for a long time.

    This thing is an orgy of CGI, consequence-less and neutered action, pop culture icons, and cliched plot beats coupled to flat characters. Odd that a man who created so many of our rich library of modern era icons does so little with his treatment of them. Shallow and long. 

    Watching this thing to avoid the reality of being on a flight has to give me some extra points.

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  • The Alpinist

    The Alpinist

    ★★★★½

    Few elements reflect the two timeless truths of the transcendence of being fully present, immersed in a task that strips away the distractions with which we choke ourselves, and that there are things worse than death in this life. We forget them, and most possess full lives without really being present in a single day of it. But the mountains show this. And those who climb them live a burning witness for us. It is a wonderful, beautiful gift and…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    Wes' delight and notice of the minutiae, detail, and milieu of the lives we lead is truly a wonderful thing and his central strength as an artist. He gives attention to the small things, often unseen, which make up the mosaic of our lives, our years, and our stories. He loves all that makes us as people peculiar, strange, foolish, sad, odd, passionate, and misfits to the world around us. That is his beauty.

    Here, he finds transcendance in stories…