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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Fabelmans
  • West Side Story
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  • Mobile Men

    ★★½

  • Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★

  • The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter

    ★★★

  • The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

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  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    2022 Ranked

    A beautifully written, impeccably directed film made for people who passionately love movies by a filmmaker who passionately loves movies. Finds such a perfect line between emotional vulnerability and levity; this is comfortably the funniest film I’ve seen all year. For those worried this indulges heavily in schmaltz, rest assured it isn’t anywhere near as sentimental as the trailer makes it out to be, and is instead much more of a healthy balance between comedic, melancholic, and bittersweet.…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    2021 Ranked

    I’m lukewarm on the Robert Wise/Jerome Robbins film, but to say that Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner’s take on West Side Story blew me away is an understatement. Spielberg had been wanting to make a musical for a very long time, and it shows in every single frame of this. By making alterations from the 1961 film, the 2021 adaptation of West Side Story both stands on its own and largely improves on the original, resulting in yet…

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  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★

    Easily the most challenging and thematically dense of the trilogy, hence why it can (understandably) be a bit more difficult to get engrossed in compared to BLUE and WHITE when viewing. However, that’s also somewhat of a testament to how much Red is attempting to tackle, giving you more to think about afterwards. If BLUE was about grief and WHITE was about revenge, Red is essentially about human connection (or at least I think it is), though describing it as…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    2022 Ranked

    Just transcendent, and, per usual with a Steven Spielberg film, far more sophisticated than its detractors realize. Not so much a “love letter to cinema” as it’s a story of one creating/using art as a coping mechanism for personal trauma—precisely what Spielberg is doing with this, which is one of the reasons why I find the backlash to be wholly misguided. Still maintain this is emphatically the funniest film I’ve seen all year as I wrote in my…

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  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★½

    Remember when musicals used to be made by directors who knew how to shoot and stage them?

    Looks and feels far too artificial for it to work, as it is so easy to tell what was shot on location and what was shot on soundstage. It doesn’t help that the narrative and characters are already incredibly shallow in execution and the emotional beats are manufactured and unearned, but it doesn’t work as a musical either, given both the inept blocking/staging…

  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    Sam Levinson directly to jail.

    It’s painfully obvious from the getgo that Levinson got ridiculously offended by one negative review for Assassination Nation (a film that, despite its many flaws, I found to be a relatively enjoyable work of genre schlock), so much that he made a student film with dialogue that feels like it were written by an Aaron Sorkin-wannabe and made John David Washingnton’s character a stand-in for himself, and that alone creates the problem of thinking he is…