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  • The Color Purple

    ★★★★

  • Wonderstruck

    ★★★½

  • A Hero

  • Like Someone in Love

    ★★★★½

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  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple

    ★★★★

    Spielberg is delicate but he’s crucially not too precious to take big dramatic swings (Celie and Nettie’s protracted ‘party cake’ goodbye) or to be outright funny with the material. I mean there wasn’t even really a guidebook for how white directors should handle these explicitly black stories by this point in Hollywood, just cos so few films of that type even existed.

    The book I remember feeling quite raw, and what Spielberg has done in mind of his Hollywood mandates is create something more wistful. It’s about as successful as a text adapted under these circumstances can be.

  • Wonderstruck

    Wonderstruck

    ★★★½

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

    Haynes’s intentions are well meaning, if a little meandering. The final 15 minutes or so is where it all came together for me; the frailty of life juxtaposed against a model city - that’s so Haynes.

    *2018 RANKED*

    Amazon Prime.

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  • Shadow of a Doubt

    Shadow of a Doubt

    ★★★★½

    Such a lovably demented vision. Plays in many ways like elevated theatre, which is appropriate because it’s all about facades; about the American Dream as facade supreme, about Young Charlie who prays for a miracle to break that facade, and about Uncle Charlie who comes and disrupts that facade in the darkest way.

    Teresa Wright’s Young Charlie is a perfect model for a future repressed suburban housewife (it was 1943 so they were right around the corner). Patricia Collins is so…

  • Enemy of the State

    Enemy of the State

    ★★★★

    Occasionally meandering but more often than not this is the most propulsive Tony Scott film I’ve yet seen.

    Also a ridiculous cheeseboard of quintessentially 90’s actors; you’ve got the kranky authority figures (Voight, Hackman, Robards), the Monster Energy lugheads (Barry Pepper, Scott Caan, Jake Busey), the asthmatic geekazoids (Jason Lee, James Le Gros, Seth Green)… and, Mr. 90 himself, Tom Sizemore.

    Star.