RobertAngier

It was the pictures that got small

Favorite films

  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Schindler's List
  • The Fountain

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  • The Bridges of Madison County

    ★★★

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

  • The Lost City

    ★★★

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

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  • The Bridges of Madison County

    The Bridges of Madison County

    ★★★

    It does melancholy as well as any film, and there are some moments of genuine uplift (that first kitchen laughing fit is so real you feel like a voyeur). But none of it’s sustained, mostly because we keep flashing forward to the petty travails of Streep’s annoying adult kids. What an awful framing device.

    You can’t look away from Eastwood and Streep when they’re onscreen together. Unfortunately that’s only about 50% of this movie.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps more than anything else, while watching this I thought about how unexpressable love is a form of agony. We should try very hard to create a world where fewer people experience that.

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