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  • Melancholia
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • The Virgin Suicides
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  • The Kid Detective

    ★★★½

  • Pig

    ★★

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★

  • The Card Counter

    ★★★★½

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  • The Kid Detective

    The Kid Detective

    ★★★½

    Very satisfying yarn! A real hidden gem!

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★

    For most of the runtime, I found the tone of this movie to be very smug and self-satisfied. It tries to get so much mileage out of the juxtaposition of Cage's unkempt, singularly focused protagonist and the manicured people putting on airs in the world of high-end cuisine he plunges himself back into, which starts to feel one-note. I couldn't help but wish there was some actual sincerity in the journey, instead of the layer of droll remove a large…

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Yesterday I saw a Twitter thread where some dude was saying that letterboxd was ruining film criticism/engaging with films in general. It was just as crotchety as it sounds, but there was a kernel of something I agreed with in the midst of all the cloud-yelling, which is that even professional film criticism doesn't talk about form enough. Part of it is because the modern film review format just doesn't suit talking about cinematic techniques. It's all lede -> plot…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This felt like it took on an extra layer of fascination and potency in the wake of the recent high profile suicides in the news.

    I've seen some people complain about Schrader's use of digital photography and how it flattens out the images, but that choice, plus the use of 4:3 aspect ratio was so effective to me. It just makes the world feel all the more bleak, suffocating, and hopeless.

    And I love the way Ethan Hawke's character serves…