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  • Gimme Shelter

    Gimme Shelter

    ★★★

    Sorta defines the limits of what you can do with a hands-off approach to this footage. At once a set of pretty remarkable concert performances, shot in frank manner that allows the band to just perform in the compelling style that they did, but also an attempt to capture a moment in rock history that it seems like the crew just got sort of "lucky" to witness.

    The framing of this around Altamont is...a choice, and it doesn't necessarily work…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    A pretty standard narrative elevated by some amazing performances and visual storytelling. So many wise choices. Sciamma forever!

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    It's a miracle that this movie exists at all. Expensive, technically demanding, and featuring one of the most location and set-intensive production designs that I've ever seen, it's clear to see why studios ran from Scorsese's newest picture. It's a somber and sad thing that most people's first experience with the Irishman will be on their Netflix screens at home rather than on the biggest screen possible, but if it was the price to pay for this to be made…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    I've never gotten into sports betting. Ignoring the still often-questionable legality of the practice as well, I've always realized that if I ever got into it, it would be the end of me. Not only do I not really have the money to spend on athletic events, but I know that I wouldn't know when to stop and would spend an even larger chunk of my life invested in sporting events that I know don't actually matter in the end.…