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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★½

  • Babylon

    ★★★★½

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  • Go for Broke!

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    “Everyone bitches and moans about how many takes I do. People I’ve never even met complain about how many takes I shoot. The take of Neil Patrick Harris parking that jaguar dead center in the middle of that frame… that was take 2. It was take 2 and it’s in the movie. We walked away on take 2. So, please, go fuck yourselves.”

    David Fincher, the unrivaled king of commentary tracks.

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    I once again believe in CI-NE-MA!

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  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    ★★★½

    Overall, a great time at the movies. I wish most popular entertainment was as well made and artistically inclined as this. I also appreciate the fact that the comedy is rooted in character and situation, and that it’s not just a string of meta jokes. Most importantly, the chemistry between the leads is off the charts. The only issue I have with it is that the second half isn’t as fun or inventive as the first and the seems of the plot show a bit more because of it.

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  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★★½

    “I wanna be a part of something bigger than me. Something important. Something that lasts.”

    Hollywood as a grade-A drug. Inducing ecstasy and dreams, fueling delusions and excess, giving everyone one hell of a comedown. It’s Singin’ in the Rain’s dark and perverse twin. One intent on debunking myths of decency and camaraderie, on breaking apart those early portrayals of moviemaking. In Babylon, there’s no honor among thieves, no obligations amid friends. It’s business and business is unflinching. But it’s…

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  • My Dinner with Andre

    My Dinner with Andre

    ★★★★½

    Everyone who knows me knows that my absolute favorite thing to do is to have a long, nice dinner with someone I love. I’m convinced that it’s an activity that encompasses the very best life has to offer— intimacy, physical and intellectual connection, food, wine, fun. My Dinner With Andre is perhaps the ultimate film that captures that essence, that feeling. It’s a film like no other that came before and like no other that will come after. It can’t be replicated and it’ll always exist as this wonderfully contained piece of celluloid magic. 

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    More than a film set in Hollywood in 1969, Tarantino’s latest is a film about Hollywood in 1969, more specifically the ins and outs of Americana and the clash of cultures at a transformative time. Comprised of a series of very loosely connected vignettes that showcase the anxiety of the older generation and its resistance towards a new way of thinking, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood often veers into docu-drama territory. Made up TV episodes that might‘ve just been…