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  • 8½
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  • Young Frankenstein
  • Chungking Express

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  • A Report on the Party and the Guests

    ★★★½

  • Pather Panchali

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    ★★★★½

  • Señorita

    ★★★★

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  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    Meshes of the Afternoon

    ★★★★½

    Startling. The symbolism signifies, & it's well worth seeing in silence, with the only soundtrack being your bloodstream coursing through the blood vessels in your ears.

  • Señorita

    Señorita

    ★★★★

    A first feature of uncommon skill and pacing. I don't think I've ever seen a Director/Lead do both sides of that role with this level of skill (and in a début. I mean.) Sandoval carries the film on her back acting wise, while as director, her pacing & script build slowly, methodically, to the inevitably uncomfortable climax.

    I especially want to note her compositional eye. Each & every shot is gorgeous; you really get a sense of what a small town in the Philippines feels, looks, & smells like. A wonderful debut.

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Parasite starts as a fun-looking little thriller about a family of grifters and their oblivious marks. But then the heat turns up, and then it finds another gear, and another, and soon everyone in the theater had stopped breathing, waiting for the next moment.

    To call it a Korean "Get Out" as written by Dostoevsky kind of sells it a bit short. Hitchcock would be proud.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    As much as anything, this is a love letter to New York City; it felt full of little easter eggs only people who live in NYC would get, and the plot reminded me enough of "The Warriors" that I was able to relax and watch it on those terms.

    This is as frenetic and eye-burning a movie as you'll ever see, and yet it's achingly beautiful in parts. I wept openly multiple times as Miles Morales finds connection with people…