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  • The Beaches of Agnès

    The Beaches of Agnès

    ★★★★★

    In my films, I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don’t want to show things, but to give people the desire to see.” —Agnès Varda

    You may notice I’ve never written reviews for many of my favorite films on Letterboxd; often when I really love something, the task of putting that love into words is too daunting—it can’t be wrapped in any sort of language other than the cinematic language of sound and image in which the piece…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    We open in darkness. Gradually, like a polaroid photo developing, a white church fades into view. The aspect ratio in which it’s presented—also reminiscent of a polaroid with its boxed borders—is squarely out of place in a contemporary film. Much like a historical church still standing in today's world, or an ancient belief system tangled up in contemporary corporate interests, the frame's shape exists as a union between the old and the new. This contradictory coexistence of old and new…

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  • The Princess Bride

    The Princess Bride

    ★★★★½

    Yes I spent 5 hours on a plane that was stuck in the runway without AC for a flight that ended up getting cancelled due to weather conditions, but at least The Princess Bride was there on in-flight entertainment to comfort me during my hour(s) of need 😊

    Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something” 

  • Amazing Grace

    Amazing Grace

    ★★★★

    (My monthly student review for the local radio station / indie theater 🙂)

    The best films possess a unique ability to transport their viewers to another time and place. The new documentary Amazing Grace harnesses that ability to powerful effect by transporting viewers into the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972 Los Angeles.

    At this particular time and place, one of the world’s most talented, awe-inspiring singers graced the stage at the height of her career to record her…

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  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★★★★½

    "What day is it?"
    "It's today."
    "My favorite day."

    A soft, pure-hearted fable about prioritizing the things that matter in life and taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures of being alive in this world. Sweet as honey and true to the spirit of these characters. As a Pooh fan, I’m pleased 😊🍯🐝💛

  • A Trip to the Moon

    A Trip to the Moon

    ★★★★

    I just find it so charming to observe these humans from 100+ years ago dressing up in silly costumes and enthusiastically bustling around as they act out an outlandish fantasy about space travel. So much has changed since Méliès made this, but we humans are still at it with our storytelling and imagining things and performing for each other. Such a weird and wonderful historical artifact, I love it. 🚀🌙