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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Dancer in the Dark

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  • In This Corner of the World

    ★★★½

  • Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★½

  • Nope

    ★★★★

  • (500) Days of Summer

    ★★★★

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    Generally, Matt Reeves’ The Batman should check all the boxes for what I want in a Batman movie. It fully embraces the darkness of the titular character, favoring a reclusive depiction of the Batman character, one who is dead set on vengeance, instead of the lavish, and occasionally ambivalent tendencies taken on with Christian Bale’s interpretation of the character. Reeves’ film is one highly driven by atmosphere, a key missing piece in Nolan’s trilogy, and goes further than expected with…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    2001: A Space Odyssey is a film that I would hesitate to call a favorite of mine, yet I can’t bring myself to give it anything less than a perfect score. There really is only one film that has ever tested the bounds of cinema and changed the art form as a whole, and that film is 2001: A Space Odyssey. This film is far more experimental than Kubrick is often given credit for. The long sections of bright imagery…

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  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

    ★★★★½

    The impact of this film is one that is entirely subjective, as that of most films are, but something about the way As I Was Moving Ahead inspires nostalgia and tenderness is totally different. As Mekas himself states repeatedly: “nothing happens in this film.” It is true in a way, the subjects in the film are people that which we have no context for or prior knowledge of, and there is only a minimal overarching through line that can be picked up…

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

    My favorite musicals are those that are not solely dependent on the music, but instead rely on mise en scène, good writing, etc, to make the movie a memorable watch. A lot of musicals in recent years have seemingly put most of their budget/attention into building up massive musical number set pieces, and consequently neglecting the sections of the film that come between the music (La La Land is an obvious exception, West Side Story too sort of). While The…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★½

    My thoughts on Drive My Car feel pretty complicated right now, at least to me. My rating, although not a negative one, is clearly off of the consensus if you look at the ratings graph. I obviously didn’t hate Drive My Car, but I can’t remember being this mind-numbingly bored during a film in a long time. The subject matter just didn’t interest me in any way, and the whole film really revolved around this uninteresting theater production that I…

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★

    On paper, The Shawshank Redemption checks off all the boxes. Good writing, even pacing, with superb performances, but what causes my viewpoint to not match the consensus on this film is the simple fact that this movie takes zero risks. Everything seen in this film has been done before in some capacity. There is such a little amount of unique characterization infused into the two lead characters, that I didn’t come away from the film feeling like I knew anything…