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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    Second viewing, and the latest case for grasping festival reviews (or at least *my* festival reviews) as fundamentally first impressions. This film has pretty much lived and flourished in my mind ever since I saw it, at Cannes 2018, and finally revisiting it confirms my growing suspicion that I massively underrated it. My major issue back then was a general discomfort with being asked to sympathize with an emotionally unstable cop with resentment towards his ex-wife. Which now strikes me…

  • Imprint

    Imprint

    ★★★½

    MICK GARRIS: You gotta do the show, Takashi. There are no content restrictions. You can show anything.

    TAKASHI MIIKE: Everything, you say?

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  • ParaNorman

    ParaNorman

    ★★★★

    "What do you think you're doing firing on civilians? That's for the police to do!"

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

    Double meanings of a double life: an ingenious con-artist thriller that's also about the desperate loneliness of playing rich and straight, respectively. Does Matt Damon do his best work as men faking their way to high society? It's a theme that resonates at least superficially with his movie-star backstory as an ordinary dude from Bahstan, and which finds its own double in The Departed, another con artist story of sorts, featuring a (possibly closeted) character self-actualizing up the ladder through…