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Soul

Soul 2020 ★★½ Watched Dec 27, 2020 joshmatthews’s review published on Letterboxd: "Soul" represents to me the first full-fledged adults-only movie from Pixar. Yes, it has some slapstick and a body-swap plot involving a human in a cat's body. Kids might laugh at that. But the movie heavily emphasizes the middle-age,…
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December 28, 2020
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On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront 1954 ★★★★★ Rewatched Nov 12, 2020 joshmatthews’s review published on Letterboxd: Strong anti-mob, maybe pro-Catholic movie about a dock worker, or longshoreman, who works for the American mob in NYC. The mob controls the longshoremen's union.  The waterfront's a spot of high corruption, therefore, yet a passionate…
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December 24, 2020
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Eyes Without a Face

Eyes Without a Face 1960 ★½ Watched Nov 21, 2020 joshmatthews’s review published on Letterboxd: Possibly the most overrated "underrated" movie ever, "Eyes Without a Face" is one single premise with little development of it, stretched (pun!) over 90 minutes. Think about "The Twilight Zone." What that show coudl do…
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December 22, 2020
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Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate 1980 ★★½ Watched Nov 23, 2020 joshmatthews’s review published on Letterboxd: The goal for all viewers of a film, I think, is to find the right ways to watch it. Of course, not all movies are linear, obvious, beautiful, or clear. Probably the promise of Heaven's Gate, that…
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December 22, 2020
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Sullivan’s Travels

Sullivan’s Travels 1941 ★★★★★ Rewatched Nov 30, 2020 joshmatthews’s review published on Letterboxd: Just when I was going to accuse the movie of saccharine sentimentalism, it whammed me (again) with the third act, which introduces a real plot problem, that director John L Sullivan also gets whammed, left for dead,…
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December 21, 2020
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Chinatown

Chinatown 1974 ★★★½ Rewatched Dec 03, 2020 joshmatthews’s review published on Letterboxd: Tough to review an "American classic" because of expectations. First, I tried but could not shake all the LA Noir I've read. Easy starters there: Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald. The latter is a master, too much so, and…
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December 21, 2020
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Five Easy Pieces

Five Easy Pieces 1970 ★★★★½ Watched Dec 06, 2020 joshmatthews’s review published on Letterboxd: American drifter movies, by 1970, were a dime a dozen, as they had been in literature forever. Somehow "Five Easy Pieces" stands out, probably because it is an epic as much as lyric. The textures are…
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December 21, 2020
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Crisis — Ingmar Bergman’s First Movie

Crisis 1946 ★★★½ Apparently not many people here have seen, or at least rated, Bergman's first feature film, the 1946 "Crisis." Of those who did, they are down on it, rather bizarrely. For its time, it's technically excellent. I was shocked to see Bergman had the blocking…
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December 19, 2020
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Grizzly Man — What Makes This Movie Great? (Ep. 11)

https://youtu.be/cIYEzJlfFtY Werner Herzog's movie "Grizzly Man" is in my view one of the great documentaries ever, maybe one of the greatest movies ever. Herzog's documentary profiles Timothy Treadwell, an Alaskan environmentalist who communed with the grizzly bears in their habitat for thirteen years. Treadwell shot…
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February 26, 2020