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  • There Will Be Blood
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  • Fleishman Is in Trouble

    ★★★★★

  • Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★★

  • Miller's Crossing

    ★★★½

  • Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

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  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

    ★★★★★

    Jeanne Dielman had already been on my watchlist, so when it was recently named the #1 film of all time by Sight and Sound, it immediately jumped up to my next watch. I am thrilled to say that the film is fantastic and is deserving of the accolades.

    This nearly three and a half hour film is long and laborious, but it is not boring. Each scene rewards careful viewing of the frame, the acting choices, and the flatness of…

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★½

    "You really see me!"

    Steven Spielberg's semi (mostly)- autobiographical film The Fabelmans is a look at the way images haunt our brains and the ways these images allow us to shape the narrative of what we want or what we wish to be.

    Told through a retelling of his own upbringing (just using different names for legal/artistic/story reasons), Spielberg seems to be grappling with the experiences from his childhood, his family strife, and the way that film allowed him a…

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★½

    I was able to see Miller's Crossing for the first time ever this evening at a special Q&A screening with Joel Coen. (Frances McDormand was in the audience as well.) I was able to ask Joel about his collaboration with Barry Sonnefeld and thoroughly appreciated his response. That alone adds a "like" to this viewing experience.

    As for the film, Miller's Crossing is beautifully shot and framed and the score by Carter Burwell is wonderful. However the story is a…

  • Sick

    Sick

    ★★

    Poorly acted, with an infuriating script that aims to say something about the national panic over Covid, but stumbles over itself into self parody.

    There are a few thrilling moments (and it's only 80 minutes), but ultimately I found myself disengaged from the story, turned off by the characters, and baffled by the reveal and message.

    Plus....the climax hinges on a Covid test in April of 2020. That was the whole point, we had no way of testing at that point in time. The whole reveal flounders because of a convention that completely belies the already convoluted message of the film. Argh!!

    4/10

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    David Lowery's The Green Knight is a visually stunning slow burn take on an Arthurian legend. His camera placement is masterful enveloping the viewer into the frame. Every angle, every location, and every character moment reveals something about our hero Gawain.

    Gawain is the nephew of the king who dreams of honor and being a knight yet lives an unheralded life. During his quest (and many miniquests) to reach the Green Knight the film tackles themes about bravery, identity, inner…

  • Babylon

    Babylon

    ★★★½

    She's swimming in cocaine. Yes, swimming in cocaine. What a furious feeling. She's crying again.

    He's yelling out loud. So dark in the soul. The booze in his mouth. And he's needy for love.

    Let the movie dream chase. Everyone to this place. Come on with the frame. There are stars that lack grace.

    This film is insane.
    It boggles the brain.
    Just swimming, swimming in cocaine.
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    As someone said when leaving the theater..."Well, that was a movie!"

    I…