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  • Letter Never Sent

    Letter Never Sent

    ★★★★

    "Nature guards her secrets rather jealously, and only those who persevere can wrench them from her grasp."

    Akin to 'Dersu Uzala' but shot in black & white and surrounding diamonds, my second Kalatazov is like a Soviet 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre'. It has insane camerawork, as expected, and I dug the four relationships of the leads!

    Insane fire sequence.

  • This Happy Breed

    This Happy Breed

    ★★★

    "You can't expect everyone in the world to believe the same things as you."

    A sweet, homely look at life in between wartimes. I dug some of the intimate staging that resembles old photos of the period and the time transitions reminded me of Christmas specials.

    Lifelong drinking pals, bitter parents, and children challenging the norms.

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★½

    "God is a squirrel."

    BEST film of 2015.

    With Cheevo's artful cinematography and Leo's most extreme performance yet, Inarritu is able to craft his best film from one of the most monstrous productions in recent years. A modern epic, it can only be compared to the sheer awe-shock I had when seeing Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year. I watched some similar films in preparation like 'Man in the Wilderness' (same story) and 'Jeremiah Johnson', a longtime favorite of…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "They found you."

    A future case-study on style vs substance and proof that Roger Deakins can't save EVERY movie, 'Blade Runner 2049' has none of what I admired about the first one: immersion in creepy future LA with rainy ramen noodles + droves of cultural crowds, some atypical acting (Harrison Ford strip club scene), heartwrenching action (retiring Zora), humanistic characters to latch on to (toymaker), and a grizzled protagonist (Gosling could take a hit while Ford would become battered). Instead,…