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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    This sucked.

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    this movie slaps.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★★★

    And another year of movies begins.

    I absolutely loved this film. Slower pacing, wonderful child acting, stoic messaging, great music.

    Wasn't blown away by Lin (as much of a fan as I am) and Emily Blunt was fantastic.

    Very theatrical acting in places that could've been more traditional.

    Animation sequence was very cool.

    Costume design was marvelous. Oscar worthy?

  • The Prince of Egypt

    The Prince of Egypt

    Started on 12/21 finished 12/24.

  • Palo Alto

    Palo Alto

    ★★

    When I originally saw this film I was swept away.

    This second time around I was left wanting much more.

    The pacing and editing falters. Awkward cuts, start and stop.

    I was left with a deep desire for this film to slow down. Let the spaces breath. For a film titled Palo Alto -- a location -- there was little shown.

    Gia Coppola directed some terrific performances (Jack Kilmer omg) but the Palo Alto's vision is lost during the edit.…

  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★

    A mythical fantasy of The Great War.

    No specific battle or time. The story of "We" and "Us."

    Disembodied voices make up a greater, universal spirit that connects the viewer to our lost grandfathers.

    A surrealist approach, anchored in the documentary photons of their original negatives.

    This is not life, but it successfully reduces some of the space between the reality and the viewer.

    Jackson is right -- black and white, gritty, 8mm -16mm is nothing short of estranging. Our grandfathers shouldn't estranged, they should be neighbors.

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★

    Green Book is the story of an unlikely friendship – a gruff, bullshittin’ Italian American nicknamed Tony Lip, and a lonely, virtuoso, African-American musician who goes by Dr. Shirley. Tony is hired to drive the Doctor on a classical concert tour of the Deep South and they expect there to be trouble. However, Tony is no stranger to trouble, given his history as a nightclub bouncer. While Tony can get Dr. Shirley to his gigs on time, his racial prejudices…

  • 8½

    ★★½

    This was a hard one to get through, not gonna lie. Respect, but not my vibe.

  • RBG

    RBG

    ★★½

    Ruth lost her mother, Celia Ginsberg, at age 17. 68 years later, however, Ruth Bader Ginsberg is still fighting for sex equality -- following her mother’s advice: “Always be a lady and always be independent.” Those words carried Ruth through Harvard Law, where she met her husband Mitch. Mitch is characterized as a loud, gregarious type; the complete counter to Ruth’s stoic, no-small-talk presence.

    Throughout Ruth’s career, Mitch was right there behind her, moving to D.C., advocating for her Supreme…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★½

    Traditional Hollywood style storytelling and editing. No surprises here.
    The beginning of act two is spellbinding and it's wonderful to see Cooper and Gaga sing together. Truly wonderful honeymoon phase.

    Jumps in time feel off at some points. The meteoric rise of Ally's fame doesn't feel as organic as other elements of the film (Jack's relationship with his brother, Ally meeting Jack, singing/songwriting).

    In this way, I felt like the film did not live up to its own gravitas. It…

  • New York Stories

    New York Stories

    ★★

    Life Lessons - Dir. Martin Scorsese

  • Gattaca

    Gattaca

    ★★★½

    Spectacularly simple visual style that holds up incredibly well over 20 years later.