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  • Do the Right Thing
  • Dazed and Confused
  • GoodFellas
  • Fargo

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★★

  • The Card Counter

    ★★★★

  • Journey to Italy

    ★★★★½

  • New York, New York

    ★★★★

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  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    ★★★★★

    So generous of Filmspotting to share some of my appreciation of this generous movie. I had said it wasn’t nostalgia, but the truth is, it’s been quite some time (at least before I started logging on Letterboxd) since I sat down with this one. I’ve seen about a thousand “new-to-me” movies since then, so it’s reasonable that perceptions would change.
    Adamantly denying nostalgia based solely on memory can be risky.
    Fortunately, this rewatch cemented my take. In fact, it rose…

  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★

    If Taxi Driver sticks us with the unanswerable question of whether Travis was troubled before Vietnam or if Vietnam is what destroyed him, The Card Counter may offer an answer at least to what Schrader believes.
    The flashback scenes are gut-wrenching and stretch the limits on whether we can root for a protagonist who perhaps justifiably believes he is unworthy of redemption. Is any prison sentence long enough or any gesture generous enough to help someone this far gone find…

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  • Quiz Show

    Quiz Show

    ★★★★★

    Earlier this year, I watched The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, two films I'd say deserve the pejorative label, "Oscar bait." This past week, I've watched Atonement and Quiz Show, two films that I have to assume when they were released were also accused of being Oscar bait. As it turns out, Oscar used to only fall for high-quality bait.

    What I love is that at the time, in 1994, when I first saw this in theaters, I…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I didn’t see it again in theaters while I still had the opportunity. Every single scene is intoxicating. Every single scene matters. The scenery is so lush, and it informs so much about the characters and what they’re going through. 

    I noticed more this time the silent moments with Armie Hammer. He is phenomenal, giving us just glimpses of what this is all like from his point of view. And although the…