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  • Time

    Time

    ★★★★½

    Film, at its best, captures humanity - those little details that add up to what it means to be a human being. TIME, a moving meditation on a family forcibly separated by incarceration, does exactly that. There is courage and sorrow, romance and resilience, sin and repentance, ambition and resignation, the political and the personal, God and magic, melancholy and joy. At times, this documentary captures moments so intimate they feel more humbling than voyeuristic to me as a viewer.…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★

    My biological grandfather wrote for Life Magazine in Denver in 1960s. During this time, him and my grandmother became friends with another Life employee, a certain Jack Fincher. Fincher and my grandmother stayed in touch throughout the course of my grandfather's death and my grandmother's remarriage, and after all parties involved ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Fincher's family and my grandparents' periodically got together. My father and his siblings tell stories of going over to the Fincher's…

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  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game

    ★★★★

    Truly one of the most caustic, sardonic films ever made. In the tradition of 19th Century European literary satire of high society, Renoir renders the French upper class as a tangled web of pettiness and narcissism. These are people who have everything in the world, but are profoundly unhappy. Their lives are empty and superficial. At the core, they seem uncomfortable with themselves. And so, Renoir's characters try to chase after every impulse that comes their way in a desperate…

  • Grand Illusion

    Grand Illusion

    ★★★★

    GRAND ILLUSION tackles the theme of the absurdity of war, as many war films have in the decades since. But while most of those subsequent entries in the war canon portray how war strips us of our humanity (e.g. APOCALYPSE NOW), Renoir does the opposite, showing how humanity persists in spite of war. Humans can't help but recognize each other as human, and act accordingly. We have to be taught to see one another as "the enemy." Renoir eschews battle scenes in favor of those smaller moments when humanity breaks through, and creates a truly unique war film in the process.

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  • A Dog's Will

    A Dog's Will

    ★★★½

    Letterboxd's most divisive movie. The popularity of A DOG'S WILL among Brazilian users lifted the film into the Top 10 Narrative Features, which led to a backlash of non-Brazilian users condescendingly accusing Brazilian users of being biased, which led to an apparent Brazilian vote brigading campaign in retaliation. Both sides keep insisting that A DOG'S WILL is a "cultural thing" and that you have to be Brazilian to really get it.

    In my view, people are taking this whole affair…

  • Pom Poko

    Pom Poko

    ★★★★

    POM POKO deserves to be a cult movie.

    POM POKO deserves to be a movie people watch while on substances.

    POM POKO deserves midnight screenings with audience participation.