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  • Mangrove

    Mangrove

    ★★★★★

    A shot of half a dozen white barristers wearing silly wigs, followed by a shot of an old white judge in a silly wig yelling at the black defendant in a stocking cap to "take that ridiculous hat off" without a hint of self awareness is such a perfect moment for this story. It's like the nexus of so many running themes:

    -A system that cares more about tradition and decorum than justice.

    -The old at odds with the young.…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    Are we losing interest in things that matter?
    ...Are we losing interest in everyday life?

    Early on, Kogonada's Columbus establishes an interest in... well, interest. What interests these people? How do they decide where to aim their attention? What (or who) might cause them to overcome a lack of interest in a given subject? And what is the camera itself interested in for that matter?

    When Casey and Jin first meet, the interest goes one way and, like the fence…

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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    It's just pure fun. Paddington brightens everything he touches. Even the bad guy's consequences turn into an unexpected happy ending for him because of the way this sweet bear improved the world.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Favorites Rewatch Week* #4 - Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Lifetime watches: 3

    Beauty is proportional to connectedness. When you connect to something or someone, you see their beauty.
    -Hélène Delmaire, painter

    Why it's a favorite:
    I originally went into this blind, based on buzz and some theater rewards points I needed to use or lose. The thing that immediately blew me away with was the color(shot in 8K digital I later found out). From the shot of Marianne…

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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★★

    Favorites Rewatch Week* #3 - Sorry to Bother You

    Lifetime watches: 4

    "I think [art] has a huge role. We have the ability not just to reflect the culture in which we live but to create it, change it, shift it, start cultural conversations. I think cultural change always preceeds political change."
    -Tessa Thompson

    Why it's a favorite:
    The biggest thing I remember from seeing this for the first time is the feeling that I was witnessing something very rare.…

  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    Wow there really is a whole movie before the movie starts, huh? I must have been a patient kid because we watched this a few times and I know I didn't understand most of the first 90 minutes because it felt like I was seeing a lot of it for the first time this watch. Pretty much everything I remembered as the movie is in the first 10 and last 30 minutes.

    Anyway, it's great. The themes of community stewardship…