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  • The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises


    "Wait, is it just me, or is this movie super sad?" - me, three-quarters of the way into the movie.

    A staggering farewell from one of animation's biggest contributors. Everything about this movie worked for me. What I said initially when I watched Spirited Away applies much more to this film. It's the culmination of 35 years of filmmaking, and it feels like the perfect goodbye. Aviation, which has been a huge part of a lot of his previous films,…

  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso


    Watched this with Ethan, who invited me as a guest on his Cineflek podcast last week.

    This is one of my favorite films of all time, a film I hold dearly in my heart. Growing up, I'd always hear my parents play the score of the film, and for what it's worth, I think it's Morricone's best, which is extremely impressive given his massive discography.

    Very rarely do I watch a movie that I feel truly understands who I am.…

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  • Leaving Las Vegas

    Leaving Las Vegas


    I love the way Mike Figgis captures Las Vegas nightlife. The colors shine bright in the 16mm photography, and the way it's edited makes it feel like a drunken daydream/nightmare. It's a lot less misery-porn than I expected, with a lot of really happy moments (surprisingly) interspersed between all the depressing shit that happens to Nic Cage's character.

    The emotions hit hard, especially during the end, but I do have my gripes with the writing. The unseen-psychiatrist plot device got…

  • The Devil's Advocate

    The Devil's Advocate


    *Keanu Reeves puts Charlize Theron's entire big toe in his mouth*


    This is a film firmly rooted in the '90s. Everything about it just feels cheesy and over-the-top, but leave it to Pacino and Reeves to really amplify this film. The film is just fun enough to keep me watching, and despite its long runtime, I was never bored, even if it didn't blow me away.

    This is really when Pacino started to act…

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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye


    Second Altman film after Gosford Park. Definitely like this one more, but I'm still not fully on board with his shit yet. I loved the opening scene with his cat, and there's a really neat set-up for this film, but... the movie didn't grab me the way I really wanted it to. From a plot perspective, I think it's fun but nothing out of the ordinary. The characters are quite memorable, but the overall atmosphere of the film just felt…

  • Another Round

    Another Round


    Thomas Vinterberg is back. As to date, this seems like the most successful implementation of the Dogme 95 movement that him and LVT started. The constant handheld and non-flashy lighting makes the movie feel naturalistic rather than distracting (Dancer in the Dark).

    The movie tackles themes of aging, alcoholism, and mid-life crisis and combines them perfectly together in this film. During one man's 40th birthday, the idea of being consistently inebriated is brought up, and another character immediately tests this…