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  • Casino Royale

    Casino Royale

    ★★★★★

    Always fun to watch an old favorite with someone who has never seen it before and I don’t think I’d done that with this one since I introduced Deryck to it in the seventh grade. So wonderful in how it informs every other Bond film but functions on its own as maybe the best action film but even better getting to watch someone else discover all of that. Plus there’s a few differences in the way it’s understood as a seventh grader and today so it had plenty more gifts to give now.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★½

    With the cut to Cary Grant laying pipe, Hitchcock both established his supremacy as a director and earned his surname.

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    Space epics, especially the subgenre of space epics about dads in space, are quite often films that I absolutely adore. This is among the very best of them and among the very best of all films. The acting and the visuals both stunningly convey the isolation, the hostility, and the beauty of space and life. A compelling vision of the future it shows a universe where so much is possible yet nothing is escapable and the same dilemmas of obligation…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    When I first saw this, much of my reflection was dedicated to thinking about my relationship with my father. On a second viewing, I find myself thinking much more about my relationship with the world and with my life as a whole. 
    It’s awfully easy to get so caught up in the big picture that you miss the small details. The things you want but don’t have, the things you have but don’t want, the dreams and aspirations that will…