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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    There's an old parable about a bear who lives in the circus. When he's not performing, the bear is kept in a small cage with barely enough room to walk around. So the bear spends his days pacing in circles, the same loop over and over again. One day, the bear's trainer forgets to lock the door. He realizes his mistake and rushes back, fearing that a ferocious animal is on the loose. But he finds that he has nothing…

  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    ★★★★

    "それはすぐにエスカレートしました
    それは本当に手に負えなくなった"

    "私トライデントとともにで男を殺した"

    A Fistful of Dollars would be at least 30% better if, every once in a while, Clint Eastwood pulled his arms up into his shirt and scratched his chin through his neckhole.

    Looking forward to watching For a Few Jimbo More.

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  • A Corner in Wheat

    A Corner in Wheat

    ★★★½

    I despite Griffith as much as anyone else, but this is an interesting, somewhat thoughtful look at the effects of predatory Wall Street capitalism on different segments of the population.

  • The Assassination of the Duke de Guise

    The Assassination of the Duke de Guise

    ★★★

    I didn't realize that dukes getting assassinated was such a popular thing during this time period. Apparently this was one of the first films that had a score written for it, but that doesn't make it very interesting to watch. Too drawn out.

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  • Something Useful

    Something Useful

    ★★★★

    There's something uniquely feminine about this movie. Leyla is allowed to be intelligent and curious and self-assured while also being nurturing and kind-hearted. Canan is conflicted in a way that feels natural and not plot-driven. There are no villains. No angry screeds or violent confrontations. It's deliberately paced but never boring. Warm but not cloying. It's something special.

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★

    Minari is sweet but not saccharine. It's funny but not goofy. It's dramatic but never abandons recognizable reality. The performances are fantastic across the board, with each actor fully inhabiting their role in the family and Will Patton impressing as a family friend. The story isn't particularly complex, just a small slice of life about an immigrant family trying to make a new home. That simplicity serves Chung well as he's able to craft a film that people are really connecting with. Immigrant or not, it's easy to see ourselves and our loved ones in Minari's mix of familial joy and melancholy.