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  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Shoplifters
  • Red Post on Escher Street
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  • Squid Game

    ★★★½

  • Born in Flames

    ★★★★

  • The Half of It

    ★★★½

  • Undine

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  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    ★★★★½

    Basically, a film adaptation of "The Oregon Trail" (not joking)

    I'm not typically a fan of "Westerns" but I am a fan of beautiful cinematography, director Kelly Reichardt, and deliberately intimate, immersive dramas that transport the viewer to another place or time. It is SLOW as molasses (reminded me at times of letterboxd.com/film/days-of-heaven/) with long stretches without speaking which won't be everyone's cup of tea but really worked for me (as a city-dweller unaccustomed to seeing long stretches of nature)…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★★★

    My favorite film of the year so far, and there have already been a few I loved.

    Director Josephine Decker (Madeline's Madeline) has her stamp all over this. Intensely raw, purposefully disorienting yet tastefully stylized. Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen who did Victoria in one shot (one of the best of the decade) absolutely kills it. I counted about 100 shots that could have been the poster. Tamar-kali's score is so fucked up and incredible.

    This is an extremely dense dramatic…

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  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Big Sick & The Lovebirds were among the best comedies in recent years. Michael Showalter is an underrated comedic genius. From The State (the last funny MTV show?) to Wet Hot American Summer & Search Party.

    Jessica Chastain in 4 hours of makeup and intriguing subject matter are other reasons this is one of my most anticipated films of the year. (I'll amend the review after seeing it but I wanted some counterbalance to the folks that don't understand Letterboxd and are rating trailers)

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★

    Experienced @ the Hudson Valley's Overlook Drive-In (in the woods near where it was filmed) whose setting enhanced this effective sequel. First time seeing a movie on the big screen since 3/4/20 (First Cow premiere @ I.F.C. which feels like a lifetime ago)

    There's no way to truly separate my thoughts on the film from the joy of being back @ the movies. I suspect this may be 3 stars at home (the novelty isn't *as* powerful the 2nd time…

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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    The best film of 2018- Beautiful in every way. (cinematography, writing)
    Delicate and heartfelt story. Strongest ensemble cast in as far as I can remember.

    Family takes on different meanings to different people. Ethics are subjective. Nobody's perfect. Money doesn't buy happiness.

    Gets better on a 2nd viewing, there's really a lot of small detail to pay attention to and the characters roles play much different after knowing their backstory.

    Sakura Ando has my vote for best actress and she needs to make more dramatic movies ASAP.

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    I wanted to like this in the first 1/3. The premise is great. Besides the obvious reasons to dislike it...it just plays like a lower-tier Netflix original. I'm confused why some people seem to think it was decent but I also don't watch badly written TV.

    Also I just saw Saint Maud which had phenomenal sound design & score...so coming off of that this awful music was distractioningly corny. (Like the royalty-free version of something cool)

    My partner is disappointed I…