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  • Midsommar
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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★

  • Ethnic Notions

    ★★★★★

  • Long Train Running: A History of the Oakland Blues

    ★★★½

  • The Great Ziegfeld

    ★★★½

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  • The Circus

    The Circus

    ★★★★★

    Go ahead and be funny.

    Far and away the most entertaining of Chaplin's features. The gags are all hits; he's an absolute joy to watch. The chemistry between himself and The Girl is also one of the most realistic of all his leading ladies, despite the film not focusing as much on the romance, which honestly works in its favor. The film is at its best when it's Chaplin in the ring, and thankfully that takes up the majority.

    The…

  • Submarine

    Submarine

    ★★★★★

    Letterboxd Season Challenge 2018-19
    Week 1: Coming of Age in the 2010s

    None of this will matter when I’m 38.

    An essential coming-of-age film. An essential British film. Low-budget and unpolished, but still beautiful and even more charming because of it.

    I have already turned these moments into the Super-8 footage of memory. 

    I’m having a hard time finding the words for this movie. It feels very personal to me; I’ve lived parts of it, in a way. Oliver feels…

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  • Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

    ★★

    TCM's 31 Days of Oscar: #15
    Academy Award: Best Actress, 1967
    & TCM Spotlight: Reframed: Classics in the Rearview Mirror

    There just isn't any rhyme or reason as to why this situation has to play out this way. I don't see how it's possible that this girl was so completely unaware of the tension all around her, and how nearly every action she made worsened it in some way. It's unbelievable, and felt incredibly dull.

    This is the first Hepburn/Tracy I've…

  • Ethnic Notions

    Ethnic Notions

    ★★★★★

    Criterion Channel Spotlight: The Signifyin' Works of Marlon Riggs, #2

    Who soothes my thumpin', bumpin' brain? Nobody.

    An essential dissection of racist imagery that has perverted nearly every form of mass media in this country for centuries. Deeply researched and presented in a really thoughtful and effective way.

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★½

    Don't try to understand it.

    Nolan gives you the key to enjoying it early: just accept that he's gone much, much deeper than anyone wanted him to.

    The set pieces are impressive, but when the Master Filmmaker of Our Time essentially rolls out a Fast & Furious with a time-travel aura, you know we're in trouble. The problem may be, in fact, that we've given this man far too much credit; any legitimate writer who sees both Dom Cobb and The…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Respect!

    Nothing much new on this revisit, but further proof of its lasting vitality. This is a film that will be part of the cinematic lexicon for decades to come; the first of this caliber I've had the privilege to watch climb this ladder in real time. There will be classes taught about this film, and I so hope it propels other studios (and audiences!!) to take stock in international storytelling in years to come. It absolutely deserves best picture, and if it doesn't win it, I think it's safe to say it probably won't go to an international film for quite a while.