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  • Sullivan's Travels
  • Written on the Wind
  • The Apartment
  • All About My Mother

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  • Defending Your Life

    ★★★½

  • Jackass 4.5

  • Stromboli

    ★★★★

  • Betty Blue

    ★★★★

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  • Defending Your Life

    Defending Your Life

    ★★★½

    Lovely world. I love Rip Torn, always, even in this mode where he's always straight with the characters. And I laughed a lot at the montage of "misjudgments."

    But this didn't really resonate for me. Maybe it's that the stakes feel negligible. Or that the specific glimpses of Daniel's life don't add up to any real revelations about his character. It feels a little novel to only meet the characters in this setting and hardly dip into their lives, but…

  • Jackass 4.5

    Jackass 4.5

    Basically a DVD special feature, but the new bits are good. Can't imagine how crushing it would be to have your painful stunt cut from the main film. But here it lives.

    Need to appreciate that one of the best directors of the past 30 years has put more time and support into making these than into developing his own features. Love him.

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★

    I dunno, I thought this was great. He's one-upping himself visually and not even trying to go for emotion, which is where his films have often fallen flat for me. The levity lane plays to his strengths. And the same way it's striking when his camera breaks out of its locked off framings, it feels a little poignant whenever the film does go for a moment of pathos.

    I'd rank the three big segments like this:
    1. The first one…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    There's definitely a missing angle. Others have said it better, but the film doesn't quite hit the economic and labor realties behind this subset of people. It's kinda present, off to the side of these great, human glimpses of an America I'm less familiar with. But it feels a little torn between the appealing possibilities of a life with no roots and a soft indictment of capitalism's wreckage. I don't think you can play Amazon apolitically. Still, it's pretty good!…