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  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    ★★★★

    Basically, the film adaptation of "The Oregon Trail" (not even joking)

    I'm not typically a fan of "Westerns" but I am a fan of beautiful cinematography, director Kelly Reichardt, and slow intimate dramas that transport the viewer in another place or time. It is SLOW as molasses (reminded me at times of letterboxd.com/film/days-of-heaven/) with long stretches without speaking which won't be everyone's cup of tea but really worked for me (as a city-dweller unaccustomed to seeing long stretches of the…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★★½

    My favorite film of the year so far, and there have already been a few I loved.

    Director Josephine Decker (Madeline's Madeline) has her intensely raw, disorienting, tastefully stylized stamp all over this. Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen who did Victoria in one shot (one of the best of the decade) absolutely kills it. I counted about 100 shots that could have been the poster. Tamar-kali's score is so fucked up and incredible.

    This is an extremely dense dramatic thriller where…

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  • Nobody's Fool

    Nobody's Fool

    ★★½

    4-5 stars for everytime Tiffany is on screen which thankfully is often. Whoopi was good too.
    1 star for the corny writing and unlikable lead whose whole personality is being picky and lacking empathy.

  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★★

    Visually, this is one of the best looking films of the year. Impossible not to appreciate.

    These children are soldiers in a nameless war with no context given so you aren't pushed to view them as good/bad and instead given more of a raw, immersive, day-in-the-life type experience. Instead of rooting, you are objectively witnessing which makes for a more realistic experience.

    Shot in extremely harsh jungle conditions this has some of the best child acting I've seen. Better than Lord of the Flies; not as intense or shocking as City of God but even being compared to that masterpiece is a huge accomplishment.

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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    The best film of 2018- Beautiful in every way. (cinematography, writing)
    Delicate and heartfelt story. Strongest ensemble cast in as far as I can remember.

    Family takes on different meanings to different people. Ethics are subjective. Nobody's perfect. Money doesn't buy happiness.

    Gets better on a 2nd viewing, there's really a lot of small detail to pay attention to and the characters roles play much different after knowing their backstory.

    Sakura Ando has my vote for best actress and she needs to make more dramatic movies ASAP.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    Great ensemble cast. Lots of fun. Surprised this wasn't a huge hit.