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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I watched it again. The more I see it, the more I’m convinced that this movie is actively trying to kill me. Good god

  • Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

    Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

    ★★★★

    Pretty fascinating look into the antiquated methodologies of the art world. The elitist personalities that make up the upper echelon of this world are constantly at odds with Teri, the truck-driving, trailer-park-living subject of the doc. It’s easy to take Teri’s side throughout, and I love that to this day she hasn’t sold the Pollock despite receiving multi-million dollar offers. She’s sticking it to those who dictate what constitutes “fine art” and the industry in which these priceless pieces of history change hands. If that’s not an admirable endeavor, I don’t know what is.

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  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★★★

    “I don’t want to hear you any more, I want to hear about you.”

    This film is perfect. Every frame, every line of dialogue. So pure and honest and affirming. Heart breaking and heart mending. A too-often used trope in online conversation is “_______ is everything.” But screw it, because Cinema Paradiso is everything.

  • Murder Mystery

    Murder Mystery

    ★★★½

    People often forget that movies were initially created to entertain. Just because Murder Mystery doesn’t have some deeply philosophical overarching theme or a cast of players putting on a tour de force doesn’t mean that it’s suddenly devoid of merit. Movies can (and should) still be fun in 2019! This is proof of it. Sandler and Aniston have genuinely great chemistry and if you’re looking for a quick and easy watch where you can just shut your brain off and revel in the silliness of it all, Murder Mystery is as good a choice as any.