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  • Raising Arizona

    Raising Arizona

    ★★★★

    The Coenathon Continues!

    I confess, I was bored through the first half of this film. But I was equally moved by the last act, and the tragi-comedy of Hi and Ed as they sought to find the child they thought they could have in order to return him. Perhaps it’s because I’ve recently become a father, but Hi’s wish to just be good and to do right by your children and their children is something I think about a lot.

  • So Dark the Night

    So Dark the Night

    ★★½

    twisted!

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Holy shit.

    Set the superhero stuff aside for a moment. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a computer animated movie that looks like this: that bucks the photo-realism that has defined the form in favor of Lichtenstein-esque pop art-stylings and Ditko-inspired near-psychedelic sequences. And that’s before we get to the translation of familiar comic book elements like thought bubbles into things dynamic and visually arresting. If this movie only had its animation style to go for it, it would still…

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    I nearly lost my fucking mind watching this movie. A slow, deliberate start becomes nearly an hour of the most infectious, jubilant, ebullient energy you’ll ever experience. “Girlfriend is Better” slaps incredibly hard. 

    Greatest concert film ever made, and an incredible monument to artistry, musical charisma, and cocaine.