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  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence


    Life has never before felt so much like a Roy Andersson movie.

  • Dunkirk



    Nolan's deftest, his subtlest, and yet still as intricate and complex as anything else he's done.

    My 2017 review:

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai


    In addition to everything else, a grand entertainment.

    Adam and I will be discussing on the July bonus episode for Filmspotting Family members:

  • The Dark Mirror

    The Dark Mirror


    With The Heiress not streaming - and having already seen her turns opposite Errol Flynn - there was no doubt what to watch in honor of Olivia de Havilland: the movie where she plays twin, possibly murderous sisters.

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X


    You could complain that there are too many speeches. But then again, is anyone better than Spike Lee at filming speeches (or Denzel Washington at delivering them)?

    A few more brief thoughts:

  • Pretty in Pink

    Pretty in Pink


    Family movie night, and we had to rewind the scene four times to confirm that Blane says, “I didn’t believe in me,” which made us feel a lot better. Still, we had vehement disagreement over whether or not Andie should have followed him into the parking lot. (I’m OK with it.) Also:

    - Love the idea of Andie making her own prom dress, but the result is a monstrosity. She would have been better sticking with Annie Potts’ dress as…

  • Radioactive



    While mostly hewing to unremarkable biopic formula (yes, there’s a slow-clap response to a speech given by the main character), this dramatization of the life of double Nobel-prize winning scientist Marie Curie does manage a few inventive flourishes along the way. Curie’s discoveries in the field of radioactivity had numerous, world-changing implications, and here and there Radioactive zooms forward in history to demonstrate both the good (chemotherapy) and the horrific (Hiroshima, Chernobyl). This tension between scientific discovery’s peril and promise—as…

  • Relic



    Not only first-rate horror, but also has a candidate for one of 2020's most moving moments.

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs


    A nice riff on both Groundhog Day and broader Andy Samberg vehicles.

    Cristin Milioti deserves to be a star.

    But - and this may count as a spoiler question, I guess - can someone help me with the dinosaurs?

  • Interstellar



    Another viewing moved the needle on this a bit, but mostly out of respect for its ambition. Even the things Nolan does well here, he's done far better elsewhere. (And most of my original issues still stand.)

  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard


    If Ridley Scott had made Only Lovers Left Alive, it might have looked something like The Old Guard.

  • Fast & Furious

    Fast & Furious


    Chicago's outdoor screening series must have consulted my Letterboxd ranking of this franchise, because they chose the best installment to program Friday night. Honestly, they could have programmed any installment - or any movie, really - for my first big-screen fix since March and I would have been happy.

    A few photos here: