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  • The Outsiders

    ★★★★

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★★

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    ★★★★★

  • Gemini Man

    ★★★½

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    I’ve been on a Lynch kick the last two weeks and I finally figured out why I’m returning to his movies for the first time since college. His vision of surreal Americana is unsettlingly resonate right now. In Mulholland Drive Rita and Betty drift through opposing dreams, trying to find reality even as it pulls away from their grasp—all while the world around them is slowly corrupted by the byzantine machinations of powerful, debased men. It feels like the last two years of living in the U.S. of A.

    No hay banda.

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★½

    2AM, unable to sleep, seemed like the perfect time to revisit LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT. It’s much less obtuse the second time, both narratively and thematically. 80% of what the characters say depends on context that comes later and I fully followed (most of) Bi Gan’s threads this time. It’s a feat of abstract storytelling—the fractured noir that transitions into the unbroken dream. The epic second half was particularly meaningless the first time. Who is this kid and this…

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  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    ★★★★

    Glorious melodrama. So much more nakedly emotional than I expected. This is the kind of movie that most people now would say has bad acting because the acting isn’t what they’re used to. I think THE OUTSIDERS is actually a great example of how our obsession with naturalism or irony as the two modes of acting ignores a whole range of the emotional palette, if you will. Bring back melodrama! (That said I needed like 40% less from Tom.)

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  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    ★★★★★

    Elemental cinema. Could only be a movie. So much weirder and scarier than I expected. I got choked up during part of the finale just out of the sheer beauty and awe of it.

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  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    ★★★½

    This movie kind of sent me reeling. I bought the 4K blu-ray which plays at 60 FPS. I’m a vehement HFR movie skeptic but was excited to watch this as a technical curio. “Let’s check out Ang’s foolhardy obsession.” And yet here I sit, wondering if Ang was right all along...

    I’m being hyperbolic, the high frame rate is definitely still not the future of cinema. It can be pretty dire for dialogue scenes which feel at best stilted—as others…

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    A technical marvel, a legit noir (shady land shenanigans, baby), and a love letter to movies. What a miracle. Can’t believe I haven’t already seen this 100 times.