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Review: Ford v Ferrari, 2019 – ★★★★½

So I don’t dislike cars. But they don’t excite me the vaguely erotic way that they seem to excite other men. But I have found that I tend to like car movies (or racing movies at least). So I went into Ford v Ferrari with high hopes. But here’s the thing, you don’t need to like cars to love this movie. At heart, it’s a movie about calling and drive. About devotion and passion. About doing something not to earn a paycheck or because you want to, but about doing it because you need to do, because you have to do it.

And it’s a movie about red blooded American’s (ok one Brit, but he’s an American in my book) going to Europe and beating the Italians at their own game. And who doesn’t love that?

My Letterboxd review:

If you like cars… or America, this is the movie for you.

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Review: Joker, 2019 – ★★★★½

I didn’t see a lot of new movies in 2019. But I am catching up now that most of the best movies from last year are out. Joker was number 2 on my list and it did not disappoint.

My Letterboxd review:

Wow. I didn’t think it was possible for this movie to live up to the hype; I was wrong. It should have won a lot more awards. A lot.

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Review: 1917 – ★★★★

I think 1917 will most likely be remembered as one of the best films of 2019. Here’s my Letterboxd review:

Mendes’ World War 1 epic is striking. The cinematography is breathtaking. The “one shot” style is a gimmick, but a well executed gimmick that does add something to the atmosphere. That said, I don’t think it was necessary. The relationship between brothers is the unrecognized greatness of the film. Without placing them in a single scene together, Mendes succeeds in showing the real, deep bond felt by brothers. Brilliantly done.

Full Letterboxd review.