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  • It

    It

    ★★★

    One of the first films that feels conceived as a horror-blockbuster. An interesting combination in theory but the film just totally lacks for tension aside from one scene (the slide projector). I was hoping a revisit might improve my initial assessment but alas, I feel the same sense of "it was fine", as I got the first time around.

    I stand by this needing a true miniseries adaptation. Just too much plot, even for 2 relatively long film entries. Hopefully part 2 is better but I'm not holding my breath.

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou

    All About Lily Chou-Chou

    ★★★★

    The more I contemplate it the more I think I like it. It's sort of a modern take on Soviet Montage focusing on the budding trend of internet connection between angst ridden youth's. It also feel prophetic in it's observations about pop culture fandom. I must say though, the length might be the only downside, as this film is draining in a way few films are. It nearly derailed my liking of the film. Perhaps a repeat watch will help me get a clearer focus on the details.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    A film of looks.

    The look of a person first falling in love
    The look of desire
    The look of a beautiful dress fitting perfectly to the body
    The look of annoyance
    The look of quiet content to be around a certain someone
    The look of bitterness
    The look of a dark rebellious needling when you know how to irk someone
    The look of sickness
    The look of a master engaged fully in his craft
    The look of helplessness
    The look of the audience watching on in subtle discomfort

    Sit and look.

  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★★½

    Wow. I truly wasn't expecting that. At first the movie was slow going, seemed overtly sad and just kind of depressing for the sake of being depressing. Once the story starts to kick in though and the titular character is introduced, things shift greatly and we end up getting an emotionally resonant story about the loneliness of youth, the importance of friends and the undeniable impact of family. I'm definitely going to watch this one again once the english dub…