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  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    ★★★★

  • The House on Telegraph Hill

    ★★★½

  • The Big Shot

    ★★★

  • Causeway

    ★★★

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  • Armageddon Time

    Armageddon Time

    ★★★½

    2022 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    After going to outer space in Ad Astra, director James Gray returns with a semi-autobiographical story in Armageddon Time. The roots of Gray’s own upbringing in Queens in a family descended from Russian Jews can be found here, though this story focuses on Paul Graff (Banks Repeta) who aspires to be an artist. He often draws the ire of his parents Esther (Anne Hathaway) and Irving (Jeremy Strong) for that reason and for his mischievous…

  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★½

    2022 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Towards the end of Tár, Lydia Tár (Cate Blanchett) watches an old recording of her mentor, Leonard Bernstein. In the clip, he discusses what music is, defining it not as a series of notes, sharps, and flats, but of feeling. That is the key to “understanding music,” he explains. In the same vein, to understand Tár is not to label it as a film about “cancel culture” or any other simple definitions. To understand Tár…

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  • The Spy Who Loved Me

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    ★★★★

    The 1970s, Pt. II: 47/100
    1977 Ranked

    Splashy, stylish, and silly, The Spy Who Loved Me is often regarded as the best Bond film of the Roger Moore era and it is not hard to see why. Thus far in my adventure through Bond, I have liked Moore and the style of film created around him, but there was something lacking. The Spy Who Loved Me is not lacking anything, rather it is just a blast from beginning to end…

  • The House on Telegraph Hill

    The House on Telegraph Hill

    ★★★½

    The 1950s, Pt. III: 25/100
    Ranked: Robert Wise
    1951 Ranked

    The House on Telegraph Hill hints at more than what it amounts to, though those hints do end up with some fascinating looks at identity and trauma. For Viktoria Kowalska (Valentina Cortese), she is liberated by the Nazi concentration camps, but not before her close friend Karin Dernakova (Natasha Lytess) dies. Over the period of time they spent together, Viktoria learned just about every detail of Karin’s life. From her…

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  • Once Upon a Time in America

    Once Upon a Time in America

    ★★½

    Checking in at just under four hours, Once Upon a Time in America takes a long time to say absolutely nothing unique. A gangster film, the film does nothing for the gangster genre that could not be accomplished in a far shorter runtime because oh my God is this thing long. It just takes forever to end and even then, I still had no idea why it took so long. I love gangster films with The Godfather Parts I and…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

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

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…