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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.

    www.larsenonfilm.com/a-pigeon-sat-on-a-branch-reflecting-on-existence

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★★

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

    My 2017 review: www.larsenonfilm.com/dunkirk

  • 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: www.patreon.com/filmspotting/posts

  • The Dark Mirror

    The Dark Mirror

    ★★★½

    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.

    www.larsenonfilm.com/the-dark-mirror

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    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: www.larsenonfilm.com/malcolm-x

  • Pretty in Pink

    Pretty in Pink

    ★★★½

    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

    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

    Relic

    ★★★★

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

    www.larsenonfilm.com/relic

  • 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?

    www.larsenonfilm.com/palm-springs

  • Interstellar

    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.

    www.larsenonfilm.com/the-old-guard

  • Fast & Furious

    Fast & Furious

    ★★★½

    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: twitter.com/LarsenOnFilm/status/1282004040533057537