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  • Wings of Desire
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Children of Paradise
  • Ran

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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★½

  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

  • Station Eleven

    ★★★★½

  • The Silent Sea

    ★★★

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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much

    The Man Who Knew Too Much

    ★★★½

    Criterion warned me about all the films leaving at the end of the month, and I actually did something about it!

    I have greatly enjoyed the wit and ingenuity of early British productions by Hitchcock, and this was a treat for those reasons as well. Peter Lorre (in his English-speaking debut) is a fantastically interesting villian, and it's worth watching for him alone. Luckily, it also passes the Bechdel test and--in fact, not to give too much away, but female…

  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

    It was hard to watch this with my husband. I could feel his distaste for its pace and subject matter. The sense of constant foreboding I felt throughout never really found release. Maybe that's the point?

    Unlike my husband, the pace and subject matter are supremely interesting to me. I do not have children, but I wanted to be one. My mom, by the time she was 24, was on her own with 3 (me) and 2 year old daughters.…

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★½

    This film is much like seeing an art masterpiece at a museum. I can recognize the amazing craft, the historical references, the surprising break from the known, the elegance and beauty in the work, and yet, if it doesn't engage my heart, leaves me impressed but ultimately cold.

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    Caveat: My mom was just 21 when she had me and 22 when she had my sister. She was a single parent for us from the time I was 3-14. She was on welfare until I was 7.

    I say all this because this film wrecked me. It is so non-judgmental and allows reality to breathe all the while capturing childhood in all its gritty innocence. This is an America that I am acutely aware of and which is too…