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  • The Blues Brothers
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • What's Up, Doc?
  • My Neighbor Totoro

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  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    ★★★★½

  • First Cow

    ★★★★

  • Godzilla vs. Biollante

    ★★★★

  • Drug War

    ★★★★½

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  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

    ★★★★½

    Either the second part of my third Masaki Kobayashi film, or my fourth Masaki Kobayashi film, depending on if you consider The Human Condition to be three different movies or not.
    This film continues the story of Kaji, the peaceful and highly-principled man who has found himself forced to fight a war he doesn't believe in. At the end of the first film, despite all of his best efforts, he was drafted into the military, and this film finds Kaji…

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★

    My fourth film by Kelly Reichardt. Of those, I think First Cow is probably the one with the most traditional, accessible narrative, even if it's still not exactly a thriller. First Cow tells the story of Cookie, a man who has traveled to the Oregon territory during the Gold Rush looking for work and finds himself adrift. After rescuing a Chinese man on the run from some Russians, he unexpectedly encounters that man again a few years later. His new…

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    My tenth film by Martin Scorsese. I think this marks the longest film I've ever seen in a theater and the first time I've gone to see a movie made for a streaming service in theaters instead of just watching it at home.
    I've got a lot of kind of scattered thoughts on this movie, but overall I thought it was very good, although I don't know if I would have the attention span to watch another film of this…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    My second film by the Safdie Brothers.
    To begin with, from the two that I've seen and from what I read about their other films, it's evident that as directors, the Safdies produce films with one very particular energy to them, which is something akin to an almost constant heightened sense of extreme anxiety. This is accomplished by having their protagonists be impulsive and short-sighed to an extreme fault - it's an uncomfortable person to have to accompany for the…