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  • Before Sunset

    ★★★★

  • West Side Story

    ★★★★

  • Encanto

    ★★★★

  • Before Sunrise

    ★★★★

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★

    First viewing. See my post on “Before Sunrise” here.

    A solid, resonant continuation of Jesse and Celine’s story. If “Before Sunrise” moved me with its depiction of a fleeting, ephemeral relationship, “Before Sunset” provides the flip side of that same coin: that exhilarating feeling of finding that your old rapport with someone can be picked up right where it left off, and living in that surreal space where time seems to have wound back on itself. And what better way…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    Sondheim on Screen ranked

    Shakespeare-inspired Movies, Ranked

    Movies Adapted from the Stage

    I’ve seen this before, but not for years. Maybe even a decade ago. Re-watching it now was a result of a triple convergence. My girlfriend loves it, and we’ve been meaning to watch it together for a while. That, plus the upcoming Spielberg film, plus the death of Sondheim, finally inspired me to re-watch it.

    I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with this musical. I love…

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  • Encanto

    Encanto

    ★★★★

    Disney Animation Studios Ranked

    Ranking of Musicals (NOT adapted from the stage)

    2021 Movies Ranked

    Like any new addition to a rich, historied cannon, it’s difficult to evaluate a new entry right away. Especially with Disney animation films, which thrive in their rewatchability, and their sentimental value growing over time. So it’s difficult to know right now where I’ll eventually land with this film.

    But I enjoyed it, and that ending REALLY got me. I was weeping through the whole…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★

    First viewing - been meaning to watch this trilogy for a few years now. At the time that I’m writing this, I’ve still only seen the 1st film, but I plan to watch the others.

    If someone told me they hated this movie with a passion, I’d be like “yeah I totally get it.” There’s a lot about it that I can imagine rubbing people the wrong way, and yet, it worked for me.

    In general, I appreciated the experience…