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  • From Here to Eternity
  • Midnight Run
  • Black Book
  • About Time

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  • JFK

    ★★★★★

  • Titanic

    ★★★★

  • The French Dispatch

  • I Wanna Hold Your Hand

    ★★★★

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    It’s a whole lot o’movie. Absolutely love the ambition and the fact so many choices were made. The highs are really high. The teaser is the greatest short film ever made. Craig is in Atomic Blonde one minute and in On Our Majesty’s Secret Service the next. It’s awesome. Rami Malek is doing his best Jared Leto impression and even uses the same evil lair he used in Blade Runner 2049. There are weird DNA viruses and somehow Billy Magnusson…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    More than a film set in Hollywood in 1969, Tarantino’s latest is a film about Hollywood in 1969, more specifically the ins and outs of Americana and the clash of cultures at a transformative time. Comprised of a series of very loosely connected vignettes that showcase the anxiety of the older generation and its resistance towards a new way of thinking, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood often veers into docu-drama territory. Made up TV episodes that might‘ve just been…

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  • JFK

    JFK

    ★★★★★

    “Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research. Your own thinking.”

    It grabs you by the throat and never lets it go. It uses everything cinema has to offer and uses it brilliantly. The harmonious blend of editing, photography, and sound to make a larger, impassioned point about what America should strive to be is the reason filmmaking exists. Who cares if any of it is true? It’s cinema in its purest form.

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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★

    The other day I was talking with a friend about how lead actors rarely have chemistry these days. I’m talking about real chemistry, the Newman/Redford, Bogart/Bacall, Pitt/Jolie sort of magic. Leo and Kate have it in Titanic, and it completely makes what otherwise would’ve been a sappy bore. They’re so damn good, individually of course, but mainly together. The film just comes alive every time they’re doing whatever they’re doing— connecting, bickering, loving… It's true that Cameron's dramatization of the…

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  • Real Life

    Real Life

    ★★★★½

    “It’s all reality.”

    Albert Brooks and Charles Grodin are undisputed, unrivaled comedic geniuses and we’re lucky enough to have had them in the same movie. This is that movie. And it’s really terrific. For my money, it’s one of the all-time great comedies.

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    Andersonisms cranked up to 11. We’ve reached a point that there are no adjectives left to describe how Wes creates and shoots his meticulously crafted and curated dollhouses. He’s unique in terms of what he does and how he does it. He’s a true artist. There’s no denying it. So what I now crave is the substance, the storytelling, the emotion. Most of his films are detached in one way or another, but their sentimentality tends to sneak up on…