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  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★½

    I really miss going to see movies.

  • The Life of Oharu

    The Life of Oharu

    ★★★★

    This is predictably glum, as it becomes clear from the opening reel that the film will keep snatching even whiffs of happiness from Oharu. What keeps it from abject misery is Mizoguchi's style and a difficult-to-pinpoint sense of hope - something I can only ascribe to his love of his characters.

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  • The Leisure Class

    The Leisure Class

    ★½

    I loved Project Greenlight this year, in many of the same ways I wrote about in my ME AND EARL review a few days ago: as much as I disliked Jason Mann As Presented On Project Greenlight, as a sometime filmmaker myself I saw him going through the exact struggles I have faced. As the show wore on, these were less moments like "There's not enough money for film" etc., but the deeper ones. The moment on the show that…

  • The Holiday

    The Holiday

    ★★★★

    I've never been able to extricate "myself" from writing or watching movies. This might be why I have bad taste; it is definitely why I never really wanted to be a critic. The context of all art is colored by experience - your age, your life, your wants and needs and emotional state - and rationalizations about the multitude of things that go into a movie, and into what "type" of movie, can only go so far.

    Two examples: the…