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  • Fat City

    Fat City

    ★★★★½

    Pretty remarkable. Grim, compelling boxing drama and unsentimental, but profoundly moving character study that doesn't pull its punches, depicting naively hopeful losers stuck in their desperate lives. Told with complete honesty and restraint void of melodrama and tacked on suspense, and are more concerned about the drama outside the ring rather than inside. This is poetry to me, very humane filmmaking. It presents such a vivid, lived-in world and authentic sense of place with rich characters, and Bridges, Tyrrell and…

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★½

    Hard not to fall in love with this flick, its nothing short of charming. Hits so many of the right notes and beats with its many layers, humor, genuine feeling and underlying sadness. It's a romantic comedy performed and composed with such elegance and simplicity to what feels like perfection. Stewart and Sullavan is a delightful pairing and are in complete control, Lubitsch directs to a tee, but its the script that really elevates this for me. Have yet to see the "remake" You've Got Mail, but no way it can top this. I'm instantly a Lubitsch fan.

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    So, I’ve finally seen this hugely influential and essential classic. What can I possibly say? It’s Citizen Kane! But oh yes, it's terrific. It's quite an intimidating fact that Welles starred in, wrote, produced and directed probably the most influential film of all time at an age of 25. Well, I still have a few years to accomplish something like that.

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    Tomorrow I’m leaving for 2 months as I’m travelling to Southeast Asia with a buddy. So no…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Surprise surprise, PTA made the best film of 2017 and one of the best of the decade. No idea how he keeps doing it. What a score by Johnny Greenwood, bravo. Feel like I don't really need to say this, but DDL is scary good in this. Vicky Krieps deserve just as much praise though, she's every bit as good and often stole the show. I took like 3 wrong turns on my way back home, found it really hard to concentrate after that. Absolutely loved it. Instant classic, very chic.