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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    In a year defined by it's fiery political rhetoric, Paddington's declaration that, "If we’re kind and polite the world will be right," is still the most subversive message of 2018.

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    I’ve been on a Lynch kick the last two weeks and I finally figured out why I’m returning to his movies for the first time since college. His vision of surreal Americana is unsettlingly resonate right now. In Mulholland Drive Rita and Betty drift through opposing dreams, trying to find reality even as it pulls away from their grasp—all while the world around them is slowly corrupted by the byzantine machinations of powerful, debased men. It feels like the last two years of living in the U.S. of A.

    No hay banda.

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  • Big Little Lies

    Big Little Lies

    ★★★★★

    “Have I become tragically un-fun?”

  • American Beauty

    American Beauty

    ★★

    Golly gee whiz AMERICAN BEAUTY is a tough hang now with the whole Kevin-Spacey-wants-to-fuck-a-high-schooler thing, huh.

    Though even as a teen I found AMERICAN BEAUTY off-putting. Am I supposed to root for Lester being an asshole to everyone because he's happy now? Are Mendes and Ball cruel to Annette Bening's character because she's... a sad wife? I don't think the movie ever convincingly questions or complicates Lester's arc from sad sack office drone to empowered alpha male. Even his murder…

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    Bogged down by a some Marvel Movie bits, but the rest is one of my favorite comedies of the last five years.

    Also Thor flying through the air in slow motion, while lightning crackles around him and Immigrant Song plays, is the best superhero moment in any such movie. It’s maybe not a coincidence that it happens in the one movie that understands that superheroes are inherently ridiculous.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    How do you see a movie like 2001 for the first time as an adult, with all the effusive hyperbole and endless homage that surrounds it?

    Turns out you see it 70mm Smithsonian IMAX so Kubrick can rise from the dead and clobber you into submission with the sheer spectacle of this thing. Holy shit. It's 12 hours later and I still have the best headache ever.