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  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Stand by Me
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Phantom of the Paradise

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  • The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

  • Encanto

    ★★½

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

  • Wild Mountain Thyme

    ★★★★½

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  • West of Her

    West of Her

    ★★★

    I wrote and directed this movie, and I think 3 stars is the appropriate rating. Maybe +/- a half star, but the lower or higher you go the more I feel like the rating probably has more to do with the day you’re having than the merits of the movie. And that’s fine, that’s how it works. 

    Cinematography, score, and lead performances are all pretty undeniable because I had the good sense to find brilliant collaborators and give them space…

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  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★★½

    An incredibly solid entertainment!

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★½

    On a conceptual level, I basically get why Disney Animation seems to have handed down a “no villains” mandate post-Frozen, and as a dad I appreciate that it keeps my kids’ emotions at a simmer, but I feel like we’ve lost something fundamental in these movies by replacing classical external conflict with “the villain is our own internal limitations.” You’ve removed one of the two pegs that you string fairy tales between to keep them taught, and now you just…

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★½

    It absolutely rules that Ridley clearly told Ben, Matt, and Adam (but especially Ben) “Just do, like, kind of a fancy-pants accent when you feel like it, and when you don’t feel like it, just forget it and talk however you want.” Genuinely one of the better directing choices I’ve gotten to witness in a long while.

  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    Oh whoops my tears have been drying for like half an hour so I forgot to log it. Yeah, it’s fucking perfect, what do you want me to say?

    (It's absolutely not perfect perfect, particularly with regards to all Anderson's longstanding implicit biases and general overwhelming cishetwhite vision of the world, as I got into at Bright Wall/Dark Room the following day, but I'll leave the above as my taking-a-long-slow-walk-to-my-car-buzz time capsule.)