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  • Barry Lyndon
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Rififi
  • Memento

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  • A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★½

  • Creep 2

    ★★★

  • Parasite

    ★★★★½

  • Joker

    ★★★

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  • My Neighbors the Yamadas

    My Neighbors the Yamadas

    ★★★½

    "At times, the waves may taunt you, tossing you in their swells. But take heart."

    In all of its simplicity, this exploration of mundane life hits pretty remarkably well. The themes and subjects tackled in here, while not presented in a most glorious light, are reinforced by the use of antitheses: the perpetual and dull walk towards our final days is countered by the fear of death itself, the regret of not having more, not doing more, not loving more,…

  • Fail Safe

    Fail Safe

    ★★★★½

    "I've heard nuclear war called a lot of things, miss Wolfe—but never beautiful."

    The parallels with Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove are way too obvious for one to simply compare both of these monumental achievements. Furthermore, I think the comparison itself isn't actually that easy to make: plot points aside, one is an incredibly fat and hilarious joke whose main punchline is the idiocy of war, while the other uses the same punchline to make an extremely grave statement about how the…

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  • Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

    Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal

    ★★★

    Story reenactment via actors and an apparently fictionalized script—not the case here, as it is stated very early on that the reenacted conversations are "recreations of wiretap transcripts released by the US government"—in documentaries tends to turn me off, but there was something about it in this one that elevated the facts and events to a higher level. I don't know—perhaps it was the fact that the story was so clear-cut to begin with and needed a second perspective to…

  • Midnight in Paris

    Midnight in Paris

    ★★½

    "I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night."

    This is a great movie about Paris. I do think it falters inside its own storyline, though: the idea to turn Gil into this individual that is better fit—on every level—for the past generates some very disproportionate gaps in the way people from the two eras treat him, so much so that it becomes rather... cartoonish. His fiancée barely even listens to him, her parents see him…