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  • Being There

    Being There

    ★★★★

    My #10 film of 1979 – as listed here on Filmspotting #730 – because of three moments:

    -Douglas and (the quite able) Sellers walking down a long corridor side by side, each with an attendant trailing behind them with wheelchairs.

    - Louise's “It's for sure a white man's world in America" speech that ends just as we hear applause from the TV off screen.

    -The business tycoon pallbearers scheming about who they're going to anoint as President while the man…

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★

    I'm less enamored than most with BOOKSMART, for reasons discussed here on Filmspotting #731. But the Dever-Feldstein pairing and that party scene – where, ironically, our duo splits up and spreads their wings – won me over.

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  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    If somebody had told 19 year-old me that one day I’d watch this intimate masterpiece with my 14 year-old daughter... after having a conversation with Ethan Hawke where, just like an Ethan Hawke character in a Richard Linklater movie, he oh-so-insightfully schooled me on the importance of giving said daughter permission to make mistakes, to break hearts and have her heart broken... well, I might’ve said that sounded like something from a Richard Linklater movie. 

    There is some kind of magic in this world.

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    Everyone is going to get so sick of me talking about this movie.