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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    There are only three times that Céline Sciamma uses music in Portrait. When you hear the pieces, you hear them through the ears of the main character who never gets to hear music but yearns for it.

    Music frames the movie’s peaks, an auditory checkpoint system. 

    I sat with when Marianne and Héloise take their first true step into trust and friendship, I marveled at the flames of their passion on the beach, and I cried with them at that last.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    During Marta’s introduction to Blanc, you know, where we learn about her, ahem, regurgitative tell, I’m sitting near the back of the theater when a wretch is heard, two rows ahead at the other end. Someone has vomited. I adjust and chuckle to myself. Poor fellow. I assume the guy leaves the theater. My eyes are locked on the screen though other people shuffle. 

    Marta’s night unfolds. Maybe 10 minutes later, a couple gets up from their seats and moves…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    One of my favorite little physics facts is that blue as a true hue doesn’t often exist in nature. Most birds and butterflies that are blue haven’t evolved to truly have blue pigmented bodies; rather, it’s that the physical shape of their wings reflect light to create blue. The blue goes away when you look at it in certain angles, in certain lights. 

    Biologically, humans don’t see things as they are — we have not evolved to be able to…

  • Ocean's Eight

    Ocean's Eight

    ★★★½

    They made a female-led heist film to do that job, yes, but it needed a job within a job: Anne Hathaway roasting James Corden, “that little Columbo dude”.

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  • The Jane Austen Book Club

    The Jane Austen Book Club

    ★★★

    Maybe it was when 

    - Emily Blunt gets a wake up call when the teenage student she’s just made out with grabs her copy of Northanger Abbey to cover up his erection, or when 
    - Grigg decorates his house with such passion and commitment to gothic 19-century novel/Halloween aesthetic, or at 
    - “he was wearing a jacket with a zipper”

    that I decided that I liked this silly movie. Or maybe it was at 

    - “Why would a beautiful self-centered…

  • Jane

    Jane

    ★★★★★

    It occurs to me, some time in the first act that the camera is in love with Jane. It doesn’t fixate on her body but captures her empathy and cleverness in a gentle, admiring way. Come to find out, Hugo van Lawick did fall in love with Jane and that he later married her. 

    Jane’s story told through her voice and through a loved one’s eyes is something incredibly special and rare. 

    The second half shifts to tell the story…