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  • Chimes at Midnight
  • Ace in the Hole
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • 20th Century Women

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  • Sense and Sensibility

    ★★★★★

  • Titane

    ★★½

  • Birds of Paradise

    ★★★

  • Candyman

    ★★★½

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  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★★

    "People like you are hung up on freshness. You realize what goes into a can of pineapple? The fruit must be grown, harvested, sliced, and you just throw it away! How do you think the can feels about that?"

    Sometimes comedy doesn't translate overseas or age well. Well then, dramedy does both better than almost anything, insofar as I find that strangely funny undercurrents to an already moving story can transcend era and place and make a great film timeless…

  • Michael Clayton

    Michael Clayton

    ★★★★★

    It’s a movie movie. It exudes sleekness from all sides, so every scene can depict misery while feeling so delightful.

    Tony Gilroy has such a good grasp on playing with tropes here, to the point where this passed as a non-masterpiece for so many people. But it’s all for a cause, and the movie’s far-reaching conspiracy story is adorably all feeding into an optimistic arc.

    Nobody would guess from the trailer that you could leave feeling warm but the movie…

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  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility

    ★★★★★

    I mean, this might be my favourite movie. Every new scene gets me amped because it's one of the parts I love. What Emma Thompson and Ang Lee create here could teach an an alien empathy.

    I love how you can only ever get 90% of a read on Willoughby, who is almost definitely what he seems but is shrouded in vagueness enough for the hope to which Marianne clings. This is too rarely cited among Kate Winslet's best performances.

    Double feature suggestions: Mansfield Park, Little Women (2019), Little Children, Ride with the Devil, Call Me by Your Name, Grey Gardens.

    #1 of 1995.

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★½

    Style-forward provocation may just never be my tempo, but I think this movie has benefited in its reception from optimistic expectations combined with the fact that it peaks early. I found the second and third act not always worth the crawl between admittedly gross concepts. French cinema's barrage of new settings for Gaspar Noé-like bodily shock are starting to wear me down.

    Nonetheless, it's very hard to get ahead of where Titane will go next. Agathe Rousselle gets an alienating…

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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★½

    I think I watched the wrong one.

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★★

    First Cow wound up being both literally the film I was anticipating most this year and the one I didn't know how much I needed to see. It's one of the most tender and kind films I've ever seen, and the latest of many to make me wonder if in fact Kelly Reichardt is our best and most important director.

    An initially plotless mood film that surprises you with a welcome plotty late turn that elevates the movie's function, First…