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  • Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    Boyfriends and Girlfriends

    ★★★★½

    I kinda dig that the translation for this title most places is Boyfriends and Girlfriends, rather than the actual title card which reads My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.

    The former implies the confusion and uncertainty of romance among a loose group of friends; i.e., regardless of what is presented, who really belongs with who? External expressions and internal feelings don’t always match up perfectly, and it’s much more thrilling to watch characters explore those emotions themselves than for the film to just follow one or two picturesque relationships. However, as always with Rohmer, every relationship ends up seeming picturesque.

  • The Darjeeling Limited

    The Darjeeling Limited

    ★★★★

    Michael Mann’s Eat Pray Love

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  • Bringing Out the Dead

    Bringing Out the Dead

    ★★★★½

    Maybe I just need to revisit The Irishman, but definitely sensed a strong kinship between Frank Pierce and Frank Sheeran. I love this one (and that one).

  • One from the Heart

    One from the Heart

    ★★½

    Commendable in its grandiosity, but not compelling enough to be fully enjoyable. Perhaps if Tom Waits also starred in place of Forrest, and sang each song on screen rather than having them play as background music, this would have a chance? Salute to the man Francis for even having the gall to try.

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★

    What does it mean to be an artist? Or, what does it mean to be a critic? This has a lot to say about both things, and most of it is pretty messy and stream-of-consciousness, which makes sense, given this whole thing takes place supposedly within one mind.

    The most engaging aspects of it, in my opinion, deal with interrogating how age intersects with quality of both art and criticism. On one hand, young people make more art, and are…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Howie Bling baby! My favorite basketball movie.