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  • One from the Heart

    One from the Heart

    ★★★★★

    still not ready to write about this! except to say Coppola’s working in an abstract mode at an unbelievable scale (even further than Minnelli), i cried the whole way through, and Teri Garr (!) says, “I’m not a pair of shoes, Hank.”

    “It’s nothing, just a little something.”

  • Tucker: The Man and His Dream

    Tucker: The Man and His Dream

    ★★★★

    Literally framed as a commercial and plays like one for a long time on Bridges' slick smile. But eventually a commercial against and at the same time through the commercial. The standard dime-a-dream American narrative is just a commercial for something impossible, and yet what separates this from those is it knows the problem isn't the self but the political and social: there's heart in Tucker's outbursts against the impossible that is a board of directors and company president and…

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    The Time Traveler's Wife

    The only interesting idea that can be pulled from this movie is if someone told you as a child that they were from the future and that you would end up married, and constantly hammered that into your head while you grew up; would you marry them because that's how the future works or because they kinda forced themselves upon you emotionally when you were only five or six years old?

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★

    A reactionary fantasy of American iconography: fast cars, advertisements, cheap food, violent men and skinny dancing women, even before it gets to its revisionist climax. A star-vehicle for Pitt and DiCaprio (Robbie's hardly in this) to play characters experiencing a loss in popularity, and thus reason for being, they have never gone through; a false mourning if there ever was one. Formless enough, in its editing and jukebox style, to mitigate any introspection in terms of this loss and not be particularly interesting in its conservatism. Let's not settle for this only because it's the first big non-Disney film in a while.