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On this day I watched The Master on blu-ray. I hadn't seen it before, and truth be told I had been avoiding it even though it was high on my list of "I really need to watch that" movies. And then I didn't write about it here at first because... what coherent, intelligent thing can I say about th...

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"Remember that time when... ?" That's kind of what Lady Bird felt like for me: a whole series of remember whens, like a flip book of ordinary happenings that you might talk about when some present-time conversation joggles your memory. "Oh yeah, when I was in high school..." etc., the only differe...

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Tonight I saw Thor: Ragnarok at the Cinerama in downtown Seattle. It was a lot of fun to see on the big screen. Somehow the comic sensibility that director Taika Waititi brought to movies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows wasn't flattened by Hollywood or the proces...

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On this night I watched Your Name. It came off as a bit studio-bound, despite its quality, and Shinkai has awful taste in music. But then there's the wonderfully convoluted plot, and so many absorbing details, so overall I really enjoyed it.

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Tonight I saw The Florida Project at the Egyptian in Seattle. I've been looking forward to it showing up here and it was worth the wait. Not so many movies follow small children around, and fewer still focus on the particular socioeconomic fringes that these characters live in. Children have licen...

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This evening during dinner I watched the short documentary Lessons From A Calf. I am working my way though the entire output of Hirokazu Koreeda and now I'm on his documentaries. This was one of his first projects. It follows a Japanese elementary school class in a school with an alternative cur...

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Yesterday evening I watched After The Storm. Now I have seen all of the fictional Koreeda films save for his latest (a crime drama apparently). I have yet to watch his documentaries but I plan on it soon. This film was done in between shooting parts of "Our Little Sister" but released afterward....

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On this night I watched 20th Century Women on bluray. I liked this movie and it stayed in my thoughts afterward. It's rare that a movie observes people's mixed-up feelings about each other in the way this one does. Any other movie like this might have veered into sentimentality or 1970's nostalgia...

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Last night I watched A Quiet Passion. The things that were good about this movie tended to mask those that were terrible, but in the light of day the negative is winning. The considerable attention to detail to the house and environs was let down by too much unrealistic polish, and by many scenes...

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I had worked too much, until my brain was pudding, so the plan was: watch a fun movie, drink good wine, then sleep for eight or nine days. So I rented Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol 2. "This will be fun," I thought. If anybody was ready to be forgiving, it was me. I had liked the first one after all...

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