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  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Written on the Wind
  • The Apartment
  • All About My Mother

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  • Confess, Fletch

  • Made in U.S.A

  • Can't Hardly Wait

    ★★★

  • Barbarian

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  • Confess, Fletch

    Confess, Fletch

    Small, low stakes mystery for adults. Nearly a flat line. But a charming flat line. Mottola's funniest moves are the bits of side banter we catch as scenes transition (like the J. Geils band thing). But he also handles a tricky comedy tone, where savvy, grounded characters interact with broad, oblivious ones (and occasionally swap who's confusing who). Hamm is a real pain in the neck! Love every time he says "five stars!" to his Uber drivers. And that face…

  • Made in U.S.A

    Made in U.S.A

    Godard Godards his way through The Big Sleep (a movie I already only mostly follow) and Anna Karina wears some unbelievable clothes. Lots of red, white, and blue permeating the scenes. And that is what the movie is.

    Also everybody is named after somebody (Godard would name the Japanese character "Doris Mizoguchi"). Marianne Faithful has a nice singing cameo!

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    I dunno, I thought this was great. He's one-upping himself visually and not even trying to go for emotion, which is where his films have often fallen flat for me. The levity lane plays to his strengths. And the same way it's striking when his camera breaks out of its locked off framings, it feels a little poignant whenever the film does go for a moment of pathos.

    I'd rank the three big segments like this:
    1. The first one…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    There's definitely a missing angle. Others have said it better, but the film doesn't quite hit the economic and labor realties behind this subset of people. It's kinda present, off to the side of these great, human glimpses of an America I'm less familiar with. But it feels a little torn between the appealing possibilities of a life with no roots and a soft indictment of capitalism's wreckage. I don't think you can play Amazon apolitically. Still, it's pretty good!…