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  • A Taxi Driver

    A Taxi Driver

    ★★★★

    I began my college attendance in 2009. At some point during that fall, I started my film spreadsheet. (I'd had the idea when I was younger, but didn't have the energy to see it through.) At the time, I didn't have more than 1000 films on that spreadsheet. I meticulously added everything I could find that I'd seen. I started watching movies with vigor. My spreadsheet became less of a log, and more of an encyclopedia. I added directors, writers,…

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    ★★★★½

    I watched this movie for the first time four years ago. I loved it then. In my review--pre-2016 election--I mentioned that the problems that Capra highlights in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington were problems that still existed then. And it was true. Politics, for as long as I've had the sense to understand them even a little, have been plagued with problems, roadblocks, and corruption.

    I watched it at a time when I felt confident that I knew who the…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    A long time ago, George Lucas made a film that would inspire children for decades to come. Star Wars is iconic in its look, its characters, its score, and its sounds. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford became the faces of a franchise too big to fail. With Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the original trilogy of Star Wars films was an imperfect, but very good trilogy of films featuring one of the greatest twists, villains,…

  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

    Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

    ★½

    March 2016 Scavenger Hunt

    Film #1/Task #1
    An unconventional romantic film.


    I decided to focus my reviews on the task, as opposed to the film as a whole.

    Downey and Kidman are just so strange. Their characters languish over almost everything. Their touch lingers whenever they pick up the simplest mundane object. It's very off-putting, but it does help to elevate them above the rest of the characters to the point where you can really see a connection forming between…