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  • City Lights
  • A Star Is Born
  • La Notte
  • Gone Girl

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  • Munich

    ★★★★

  • The Yakuza

    ★★★½

  • Rounders

    ★★★

  • Out of the Blue

    ★★★★

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  • The Driver

    The Driver

    ★★★★

    extremely satisfying to watch a movie that has been recommended to you for years and years and then it's just as good as it was hyped up to be, and for different reasons than expected. obviously, the car chases are incredible. sloppy driver POV shots quickly cut against steady, masterful wides, unique location work, awesome cars (i can't believe he drives a small 2-door pickup truck for the last 30 minutes of this film), crowded streets and empty parking garages.…

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★★½

    the most artificial Fincher movie, from the cg hummingbirds and rocket ships to foghorn leghorn-lite accents to the digital faux film grain on the flashback sequences that would even make Mank defenders blush. i liked it a lot; simple emotions paired with simple symbols like water/boats and clocks/time bring a lot of interesting contradictions to the audacious, complicated filmmaking techniques employed.

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    I have to see it again, but not in the way that his dense masterpieces like Inherent Vice, Phantom Thread, or The Master require a second viewing. This one just slapped a stupid grin on my face the whole time, laughing with two of my best friends for 130 minutes, on the verge of crying tears of joy, so I can't really go beyond scratching the surface in my initial evaluation.

    I watched Boogie Nights for the umpteenth time last…

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★½

    for a movie that pays so much lip-service to franchises taking risks, toxic fandoms, breaking conventions, etc, this one plays it strangely safe? in Scream 4, the teens came of age during the torture porn horror era, and the kills were the most gory of the series because of it. in this one, they watch "elevated horror", so the kills are generally unimaginative and i felt weirdly exhausted by the end. that being said, this is generally inoffensive and i…