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  • Black Christmas
  • Meet Me in St. Louis
  • Old Joy
  • A History of Violence

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  • Whiplash

    ★★★★

  • Three Colors: White

    ★★★½

  • Meet the Parents

    ★★★½

  • Three Colors: Blue

    ★★★★½

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  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    McCabe & Mrs. Miller

    ★★★★★

    In the upper echelon of cinema anecdotes are reports of Altman intentionally damaging film reels and audio tapes at the end of each shooting day, hoping to circumvent the studio inevitably withholding permission for similar effects work in post. It’s just as well that he did; the only thing harder to imagine than executive approval for such a technique is McCabe & Mrs. Miller existing in any other form. Altman dramatizes the idea of the American dream here via the fog…

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

    The legend goes that, after watching Silence, Terrence Malick wrote a letter to Martin Scorsese asking “What does Christ require of us?” As a question prompted by the film, it was a good one, well-merited and existentially urgent. What does Christ require of us? Must we confess Him only in our hearts, or also in our words? What great deeds must we do to be worthy of Him? For someone like Malick, like myself, like countless others who take matters of…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★

    Goes too hard in the paint to be consistent but when it’s cooking it’s cooking

  • Three Colors: White

    Three Colors: White

    ★★★½

    Discards the fervent religious trappings of Blue for something more akin to a secular fable, retaining any spiritual quality almost solely by negative comparison. It’s all made even more hollow by the oblique references back to the previous film, a reminder that real suffering and transcendence is hovering and working itself out around these characters even as they scheme and stumble around like amorous dipshits. It technically works, and I appreciate that Kieślowski’s cosmology is large enough to accommodate a realistic spectrum of sacred and mundane, but in the grand scheme of things functionality is but a smaller virtue.

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    the virgin amazing spider-man:
    - responsibility, no power
    - listens to phillip phillips unironically
    - shares diluted to 0.03%
    - probably racist
    - has never seen a girl

    the chad mcu spider-man:
    - power, no responsibility 
    - girls are fine but legos are better
    - can’t do anything w/o sugar daddy iron man
    - snap score hit 1m last week 
    - favorite movie is the lion king (2019), doesn’t know it’s a remake

    the thad raimi/maguire spider-man:
    - power & responsibility 
    - ironic dancing 
    - respectful to women but not a simp
    - relatable (can’t pay rent, occasionally emo)
    - reads poetry, Augustine, probably

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    Napoleon Dynamite

    ★★½

    This movie feels like being in Goodwill