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  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Third Man

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  • Zola

    ★★★★½

  • High School

    ★★★★½

  • Tauw

    ★★★★

  • Mandabi

    ★★★★★

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  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★★½

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    Such a fantastic, delightful, and exuberantly crafted study of perspective, performance, storytelling, and who has the power in any given situation.  The film treads a very delicate line with its tone and the shifts it needs to modulate in order to capture the ironic and playful detachment of the narrator’s voice from the original Twitter thread, while still making sure that we’re always aware of the potential for danger and violence lurking around every twist of the plot.…

  • High School

    High School

    ★★★★½

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    Such a beautifully constructed work of vérité filmmaking - so patient, capturing and saying so much about power and systems of authority in just 75 minutes. On the surface, it looks like such a simple documentary, but as you begin to dig into the film and its layers, you begin to see just how much is going on in the non-obtrusive ways that Wiseman shoots the faces of the domineering adults and the passive teenagers under their care.…

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  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★★

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    This was another really powerful, deeply moving film from Schrader - but continuing in his spare, quiet, introspective aesthetic. For all of its stillness and quiet, it’s an angry film, exploring our collective guilt as a country and a society that has all but moved on from the grave moral bankruptcy of the Bush years and our post-9/11 willingness to overlook just about any wartime atrocity in the name of our own sense personal safety and security. But…

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    This may be the worst Best Picture nominee since I started really following the Oscars in 1990. It’s not just an insipid and formulaic rock biopic, it’s an incompetent, insipid, and formulaic rock biopic - lifeless, inert, and sanitized. The treatment of the long-suffering and supportive ex-wife borders on the misogynistic and the film simultaneously pathologizes Mercury’s sexuality - until he settles down with a nice boy. The emotional beats are unearned, they consistently find the least interesting way to shoot scenes, and the film never gets beyond a surface level exploration of any character.