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  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★★½

    I forgot how much I enjoy this one. I think it's an even better version of Forrest Gump. Dare I say, it's even profoundly beautiful. Of course, mileage will vary depending on if one can buy into the basic premise.

    Fincher's commentary reveals a lot of interesting technical chatter and self-deprecating perfectionistic nit-picking, as he always does.

    I think what I appreciate most is the acknowledgment of the fleeting nature of life. It's a meditation on death and loss, while also being a romance that is so easy to get swept up in. Blanchett is stunning.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    Introduced a friend to the world of Wes Anderson. A new disciple has been made.

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    One of those movies that so rarely comes along -- it feels like it was made just for me and released at the height (or what I thought was the height at the time... 2020 had other ideas) of my own despair in 2018.

    I watched Paul Schrader's commentary, which was a really good one. Informative and goes into a lot of the technical aspects of the film, its influences, and the transcendental style of film. My only criticism of…

  • Se7en

    Se7en

    ★★★★½

    I listened to the DVD commentary with Fincher and Pitt (one of FOUR commentaries on the disc) which was a delight. Those two love each other and brought some levity to a dark movie. 

    And yes, the movie is pretty awesome. I enjoyed The Ringer’s Rewatchables episode and look forward to their next one on The Game.