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  • Spirited Away
  • The Wind Rises
  • Moonlight
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

  • They Live

    ★★★★

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★★

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  • Spider-Man

    Spider-Man

    ★★★★½

    "This is my gift... my curse. Who am I? I'm Spider-Man."

    Live-action comic book films have never been better than Raimi's first two Spider-Man movies (I'm very excited to revisit 2 tomorrow).

    Remember when big-budget blockbuster superhero movies could just be about ordinary people, with ordinary problems and lives, thrust into extraordinary circumstances? There are some MCU movies that I like, but nothing in that universe has a heart like this. I teared up a few times, to be honest.…

  • Half Nelson

    Half Nelson

    ★★★★★

    I mean I don't want to wax poetic about the power of movies and all that, but this shit? This shit?? This is what movies are for. Dan Dunn is such a fully realized and fleshed out person, thanks to a combination of remarkable writing, deceptively canny direction, and an absolutely transcendent performance by Ryan Gosling. The ability to create such a full impression of a human being in just two hours, of taking a little corner of the world…

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    Halloween Season 2021: 7 of (hopefully) 31:

    finished the movie at home after the fire alarm went off at the movie theater, which is obviously not the ideal way to watch a movie. Still, this is one of the greatest movies ever made and is arguably better than its immensely high reputation would suggest.

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    Halloween Season 2021: 6 of (hopefully) 31:

    Entirely one-of-a-kind. Probably the scariest thing I've ever seen. Never going to watch it again. Can't give it a rating because it's too good to rate low but too upsetting for me to say that I "liked" it even if it's clearly very well-made.

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    I need more time to ruminate on this film for sure, but as it stands right now less than an hour after walking out of the theater, my initial impression is that this is the most significant work of film I've seen so far this year. I felt every single second of this film's patient yet-completely-earned 209-minute runtime, and I never once wanted it to end.

    And that's what it is: an end. It felt like when the credits rolled…

  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

    ★★½

    It's fine. I admire that, occasionally, it tries to be something more, but it only very rarely is more than what it is: a relatively incoherent if well-made buddy cop movie that's a bit long with a final action sequence that doesn't live up to its own buildup or budget. I enjoyed watching it, I doubt I'll revisit it any time soon. All of which to say, it's a Marvel Cinematic Universe entry. It's much more the rule than the exception of a franchise built on consistent fine-ness.