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  • Magnolia
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Sons of the Desert

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  • The Pirate

    ★★★

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★★★½

  • Rear Window

    ★★★★★

  • Reception

    ★★★★½

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  • The Pirate

    The Pirate

    ★★★

    Tonally, this film is just plain weird. It's mostly supposed to be a comedy, but there are long stretches when there are few-to-no laughs, during which it comes across as the sort of melodrama that I assume it is ribbing. And the strange inclusion of the hypnosis element in the plot seems to slightly veer into B-grade sci-fi territory. And then there's the absolutely unfunny scene that feels as if it goes on for 20 minutes in which Garland throws…

  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★★★½

    I didn't watch the tv series on which this film is based, but I do take my mom to see the movies when they appear, and, as with the first film, it succeeds at what it intends to do: allow us to bask in the glow of an imaginary time when a. everyone treated each other decently, b. money, class, race, and sexual orientation were merely incidental (because: see "a."), and everything turned out (nearly) perfectly in the end (because:…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    After my 1-star rewatch of the original Top Gun, it is the shock of the year to say that the critics are right and that I REALLY LIKED this sequel! Characters are better developed, and although it still wouldn't pass the Bechdel Test, there's no overt misogyny (or homophobia). And while the underlying idea of American exceptionalism and military jingoism is still "understood," it's not as obnoxiously "rah-rah" as in the original--it's just there in the atmosphere, like the air…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I truly appreciated both Tasha Robinson's and Josh Larsen's takes on this film, and would like to second their ideas but also add my own.

    I found this film irritating in how it idealizes adolescent lust and love-sickness. I'm not denying the reality or ubiquity of these states, but objecting that the film seems to want the audience to view them as an ideal state. The scene near the end of the film in which Elio's father--who has seemed to…