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  • Harold and Maude
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Sullivan's Travels
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort

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  • Love & Basketball

    ★★★½

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    ★★★★½

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★★★½

  • Cleopatra

    ★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    I feel like I’ve known this movie for years.

    It’s immersive, and a 70s hangout movie that slips easily into the Boogie Nights, Almost Famous, and Dazed & Confused category, it feels like i must have seen it. Yet it’s characters feel fresh and fascinating. I could watch this 10 times and still discover things about Alana and Gary.

    I’ve been sitting on this for a couple days not knowing what to write. In some ways I don’t know what makes…

  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

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

    It is the ultimate tragedy of the human condition that we often find the beauty in what we have as it is slipping away from us. Ikiru captures that feeling perfectly.

    Kurosawa, one of the great masters of epics, tells a small and distilled story here. Life's importance lies in its small achievements. Watanabe doesn't change the world, or win the biggest competition ever to feel satisfied. He instead picks one paper off his desk and finishes that task, making…

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  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball

    ★★★½

    Despite its more cheesy elements, this movie shines as a heartfelt drama about a couple that was practically destined to be together.

    The whole “she can be a girl AND play basketball” plot feels extremely dated today, though her determination to be a better person and find her independence within her relationship remains powerful.

    And the final scene MY GOD!

    It leans into some very classic melodrama tropes, but with an all black cast and the basketball backdrop, it strikes a different tone than they often do.

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    ★★★★½

    “60% of the time, it works every time” is a great way to describe Adam McKays career.

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