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  • The Swimmer

    The Swimmer

    ★★★★½

    Kevin Gilmartin Jr. : They took the water out of the pool because I'm not a good swimmer. I'm bad at sports and, at school, nobody wants me on their team.

    Ned Merrill : Well, it's a lot better that way, you take it from me. At first you think it's the end of the world because you're not on the team. Till you realize...

    Kevin Gilmartin Jr. : Realize what?

    Ned Merrill : You realize that you're free. You're…

  • Nobody Knows

    Nobody Knows

    ★★★★½

    A slo-mo punch to the heart that I'd say is even more devastating than Grave of the Fireflies. This one really hurts, but it's all so beautifully realized with a gentle and meticulous pacing that's signature of Kore-eda. Again the wonderful performances he pulls out of his cast are minimal and subdued and I think this always works so well because it allows the audience to project their own responses onto the film. I was also particularly struck with all…

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  • Primal

    Primal

    ★★★★★

    Watched all 10 episodes of season 1 over two back-to-back days.  I normally don’t log television series on my Letterboxd, but this was just THAT good!  Genndy Tartakovsky proves his weight in gold once again. Don’t miss out on this heart-wrenching, brutal, and all around badass tale of a caveman and his t-rex.  Let’s hope season 2 can keep up the quality!

  • The Cellar

    The Cellar

    ★★

    Directors Cut on the Vinegar Syndrome blu-ray.

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  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    A gift to homosapiens.

  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    ★★★★★

    I haven’t seen much when it comes to Noir but I can’t imagine it gets much better than this.  Wicked dialogue and wild plot beats make the runtime fly by. Almost too quickly even.  I’d love to stew a little longer in the smoke at The Retreat, in the tense air around Glenn Fords fury, and in the smell of Gloria Grahame’s perfume or coffee-stained dress in a penthouse suite.