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  • Synecdoche, New York
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • Cyrano

    ★★★½

  • High and Low

    ★★★★½

  • Deadly Cuts

    ½

  • Pretend That You Love Me

    ★★

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  • The City of Lost Children

    The City of Lost Children

    ★★★

    I love Ron Perlman's jumper so much. I want to own it.

    I've come to realise that something I appreciate more than most other things for enjoying a film is world building. I love being shown the world and just a few moments, possibly unrelated to the plot, to show me how the place exists on its own.

    I think it's why I think Batman (1989) is mid whereas other people seem to really like it. Though the characters and…

  • The Adventures of Mark Twain

    The Adventures of Mark Twain

    ★★★★★

    There are two differences between this watch and others. This watch took place in my childhood home as I dogsit overnight so my parents can view properties far away because they can't afford to stay here anymore. Also this watch I'm baked.

    Mark Twain is the ideal Granddad, just aphorism after aphorism. Charm and chuckle. Tweed and cigar.

    I love the adventure. I love the emotion. I love the fantasy.

    This viewing had me feeling incredibly comfortable. Some of the…

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  • Cyrano

    Cyrano

    ★★★½

    Dinklage gives a great performance here.

    I understand now that Cyrano is a fairly old play that has been adapted a few times, including fairly straight adaptation Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), more comedic Steve Martin-led Roxanne (1987), and that one episode of every sitcom.

    For what it's worth, Roxanne is terrible and Cyrano could do better. (the characters not the films)

  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★½

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

    I had one small gripe with this throughout which thankfully was fully resolved by the final few minutes with Mr. Gondo talking with the kidnapper.

    That being the dedication of so many resources to, not even save, but seek retribution for one wealthy man's loss.

    There is another problem I had: that the choice to not arrest the kidnapper when they could so they could instead get evidence in favour of capital punishment directly led to another person's death. However,…

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