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  • The Seventh Seal
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Face/Off

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  • Prison

    ★★★½

  • Sidewalk Stories

    ★★★½

  • Father of the Bride

    ★★★½

  • Lost in America

    ★★★

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  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★

    The schemer is a classic film archetype. Whether it's "Honest" John from Pinocchio, Moses Pray from Paper Moon, Howard Ratner from Uncut Gems or any of the countless other examples, there's something beguiling about a con man, a character who you love to hate. Mikey, the protagonist of Red Rocket undoubtedly belongs in that group. He's a despicable person, but he's magnetic and somehow still likeable. You're rooting for him to fail and rooting for him to succeed at the…

  • Yojimbo

    Yojimbo

    ★★★★

    "それはすぐにエスカレートしました
    それは本当に手に負えなくなった"

    "私トライデントとともにで男を殺した"

    A Fistful of Dollars would be at least 30% better if, every once in a while, Clint Eastwood pulled his arms up into his shirt and scratched his chin through his neckhole.

    Looking forward to watching For a Few Jimbo More.

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  • Prison

    Prison

    ★★★½

    Working through the earliest Bergman films and this is the one that feels most like his more well-known work so far. There's a surrealistic dream sequence that I quite enjoyed, but also a silent short film within the film that's a pitch-perfect recreation and provides a moment of levity that makes the film stand out from Bergman's other films. The plot is a bit rough, but the other elements make up for it.

  • Sidewalk Stories

    Sidewalk Stories

    ★★★½

    I love the concept and the way the music is used, alternating between a more modern Jazz sound that's sometimes abrasive and classic Chaplin stings. The ending is great as well. Loses me at points along the way though as things get tedious and the concept wears thin.

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  • Something Useful

    Something Useful

    ★★★★

    There's something uniquely feminine about this movie. Leyla is allowed to be intelligent and curious and self-assured while also being nurturing and kind-hearted. Canan is conflicted in a way that feels natural and not plot-driven. There are no villains. No angry screeds or violent confrontations. It's deliberately paced but never boring. Warm but not cloying. It's something special.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    There's an old parable about a bear who lives in the circus. When he's not performing, the bear is kept in a small cage with barely enough room to walk around. So the bear spends his days pacing in circles, the same loop over and over again. One day, the bear's trainer forgets to lock the door. He realizes his mistake and rushes back, fearing that a ferocious animal is on the loose. But he finds that he has nothing…