All Quiet on the Western Front (Edward Berger – 2022) A

Not since Saving Private Ryan I think has a film so powerfully depicted the horrors of war. It's set in WWI and focuses mostly on a group of very young German cadets. They enlist. They believe they will be in Paris in a few weeks drinking Champagne and hooking up with pretty women. Little do …

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The Banshees of Inisherin (Martin McDonagh – 2022) A+

I have to get how absolutely stunning looking this film is out of the way first thing. It is gorgeous with each frame, indoors or outdoors, that can be a prime candidate for a framed painting. On this fictitious island we start off with a quirky simple story where the older Colm (Brendan Gleeson) tells …

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Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard – 1960 ) A

According to Roger Ebert, this is where modern movies started. The birth of jump fast cuts (sometimes illogically), the anti-hero who is downright unlikable, a plot that is at all not a plot, but a series of dialogues and scenes and posturing. We are hanging out with Laszlo Kovacs (Jean Paul Belmondo) and his girlfriend …

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