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  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso is an emotional film that feels self-critical in an intriguing way. It's impressive walking away from this and loving it as much as I do when I also think a solid fifth of the film does not work at all - this being the love story in the second half. It's understandable why it's there and how it ties to the themes, but it feels at odds with the rest of the story being told. However, the rest…

  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    ★★★½

    The Thin Man works miles better when it's focused on Powell and Loy's chemistry. The mystery is functional, but when they aren't on screen together, you want them to return for their cute witty banter. Thus, there are certainly sequences here that feel long and dull, but it all comes together for a lovely little ending that makes this feel like an early entry to the long cinematic history of whodunnits, nowadays defined by Poirot and Blanc. The Thin Man…

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  • Loki

    Loki

    A friend and I have launched an MCU recap podcast, titled Why Is...? With Ty and Dan, and I will be posting new episodes here on Letterboxd as they come out. This week, we tackle Loki Episode 1, "Glorious Purpose." We are currently available on BuzzSprout and Spotify, YouTube and Apple Podcasts. If you'd like to follow us on Twitter, we are @WhyIsWithTyand1. Happy listening!

  • Wrath of Man

    Wrath of Man

    ★★★

    Possibly the best Guy Ritchie film I've seen? Never really rises above a trashy crime thriller, but the story is engaging and the anachronic storytelling actually functions to add intrigue, and a bizarre sense of foreboding to it. It's not really exciting to see anyone get shot in this; just a means to an end that allows for a story that feels quite somber. Statham is in fine form, but this is really a great ensemble all around, and the…

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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    The Nice Guys is ridiculously fun. There's no other way to describe it. It's a solid two hours of non-stop enjoyment, even with a couple of flaws here and there. Before talking about those issues though, let's dwell for a bit on what makes this a truly brilliant summer blockbuster - or at least, what would make it so if audiences had embraced it. Instead, it will have to be happy with being an underseen gem.

    The fun of The…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land is a wonder. After a brilliant mainstream debut in Whiplash, Damien Chazelle has matured impressively. He directs with a precision of a orchestra conductor. His films feel like the jazz that they represent, spontaneous, energetic and pleasant. The way he stages the musical numbers never fail to make you smile, and he brilliantly constructs the film to drop out the singing again and again, just making you feel the beautiful music.

    Stone and Gosling are both marvelous…