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  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★★

    Succeeds on its own terms as a portrait of a fictional, self-immolating artist - Moss is, no surprise, outstanding and the backstage life and the music itself comes off as powerfully authentic - but it also pulls off something that most music biopics fail to achieve: conveying the magnetic, even mystical power of the artist.

    Fame isn't just talent and it's not just luck, it's those things plus an indefinable quality that is not just hard to define, but also…

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    ★★★★

    Still not very light on its feet, but extra star for Scarecrow smashing a clay pot to make a crown for Lion.

    First time for the four year old. Largely unfazed by the witch that traumatized her older brother. Toto the clear MVP.


    Dream logic issue: why does Dorothy’s unconscious make Marvel into a fraud? We know him to be a well-meaning huckster, but Dorothy takes his crystal ball at face value.

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.