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  • Collateral

    ★★★★

  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    ★★★½

  • Blood Simple

    ★★★★½

  • Lolita

    ★★★★

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  • Daisies

    Daisies

    ★★★★

    Baller move to predict the criticisms your film will get and preemptively dedicate it to the haters in the end credits.

  • A Woman Is a Woman

    A Woman Is a Woman

    ★★★½

    Never seen (or heard) anything like this. It's like you took a musical, cut out all the musical numbers, but kept the expository scenes in between. You can tell how much fun Godard was having making this. Every scene is inventive in some way. The experimentation here reminds me more of internet sketches than other films. The plot and characters on the whole are forgettable, but the filmmaking is inspiring.

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ½

    If this were made in a foreign country we'd call it blatant propaganda. Not interesting propaganda either, the lyrics are corny and the conflict between Hamilton and Burr superficial. Besides a couple "Epic Rap Battles of History" segments, the conflict between the two sides amounts to Hamilton being impulsive and Burr procrastinating. There's some stuff about central banks in there, but you won't learn anything a glance at Wikipedia wouldn't have taught you. Most of Hamilton's controversial opinions are whitewashed…

  • Journey to Italy

    Journey to Italy

    ★★★★½

    I was reminded of Ozu. Like in Ozu's work, the use of narrative ellipses allows Rossellini to skip over "important" events (eg, the selling of the house) in favor of introspective ones. Your enjoyment of these types of films is dependent on how much you appreciate these quieter scenes.

    I happen to love them. I think they give the viewer a heightened sense of voyeurism, more than is inherent to the medium, because you see characters in the moments between…