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  • Matador

    Matador

    ★★★

    "Marriage is necessary, otherwise there wouldn't be wedding dresses.

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★½

    Youtube keeps recommending me this video of Almodóvar asking David Lynch a question at some sort of meditation Q&A. Those have to be the top two directors where you can say, "of course they're fans of each other's work. Look at the furniture!"

    This was my second Almodóvar after Pain and Glory. Super excited to check out more. So much fun.

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  • Ponyo

    Ponyo

    ★★★★

    The look of this is perfect. Like an incredible, densely packed picture book. Fits in better with what I think of as the modern day “children’s entertainment” style than Totoro or Kiki’s. Lots of bright, interesting images. Unlike the previous three Miyazakis, any use of CGI that might be here is completely seamless (not a knock on the style of those other films).

    Love all of the characters. Ponyo’s design is a funny, adorable (and occasionally unsettling) development of the…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I’m curious: in the bits of Leo in The Great Escape, is Dalton imagining what could have been or did he get the part and was fired after shooting began?

    The beginning is electric. The fake movies are fun and playful. All the vintage props and posters are a joy. The camerawork is excellent. So many exciting ways to shoot a car.

    The middle kind of drags. Especially the Cliff Booth parts. The bit with Bruce Lee does seem to…