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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    In an attempt to not repeat what others have already said about this film, I’m just going to address a minor moment that I haven’t really seen or heard other people talk about. 

    There is a key moment in Boogie Nights where Jack Horner, a porno filmmaker, is informed that he must switch from shooting his movies on film to shooting them on video. Horner responds to the news with anger and the spectator (as well Horner himself) gets the…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    *extended version*

    "you boys are 'bout all i've done in life otherwise i've drawn zilch... you're all I have. you're all I want to have. my sweet boy."

    First, a few new thoughts about the film as a whole (regardless of the cut):

    Last Sunday, while sitting outside a coffee shop doing homework, I was struck by a little boy. The boy was walking with his mom and sister to the BounceU (a trampoline amusement center) directly next door to…

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  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    was underwhelmed by this the first time i saw it a few years back and forgot most of it as a result. this rewatch didn’t really change my feelings on it. it’s decently crafted but ultimately just doesn’t do much for me. as far as films of this nature go, i much prefer Shotgun Stories.

  • The Original Kings of Comedy

    The Original Kings of Comedy

    “i see some of y’all aint laughing. you kiss my ass. that’s funny.”

    i miss when comedy was good.

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  • A Serious Man

    A Serious Man

    The Coen brothers' writing process for every single one of their films:

    Joel: Alright Ethan, what are you thinking about for our protagonist?
    Ethan: I got it! Lets make him be a really decent guy...
    Joel: I'm listening!
    Ethan: ... and give him the worst possible luck on the planet!
    Joel: Hmmm. Interesting. Elaborate.
    Ethan: Okay--So this guy is really decent. Moral. Ethical. Nice. The whole shebang. The kind of guy who doesn't really deserve anything bad to happen to…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    "you don’t know how fast time goes by until you get there."

    there’s a LOT here and i look forward to revisiting it as soon as it drops on netflix. but until then i have one comment.

    de-aged deniro works and here is why: it is a reminder that we are not looking at a depiction of events that have passed but rather a recollection. this is a man’s memory of how he was years ago. it’s impossible to remember…