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  • Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein

    ★★★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★★

  • Spirited Away

    ★★★½

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    Even Anderson's finest-crafted film cannot avoid the one minor pitfall of anthology films: that the first segment so clearly blows the later ones out of the water.

    Still, hands-down the best film I've seen all year. Honestly unfair to even have that conversation when Anderson, Scorsese, or Coen(s) throw their hat into the ring. We'll see how Macbeth stacks up!

    But this subtle rumination on the power of the written word and art to convey life may haunt me yet.

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★

    A solid meat and potatoes take on the legendary legal duel, even if a lot of the more unique stuff about the case is excluded and its three perspectives perhaps aren't different enough to merit the Rashomon-ing of their accounts.

    What's interesting about this movie is that not only are the segments written to cater to one of its three stars, but also were independently penned by each of their three writers. The surprising end result is that Ben Affleck is responsible for all the most surprising and juiciest material in both arenas.

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