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Top 10 - 2017

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on February 18, 2018 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)




Last year, I introduced my Top 10 by enumerating some of the year's cinematic moments that left an indelible impression on me, those transcendent scenes that elicited in me sensations and perceptual states that exceeded language. I was in the midst of my cinema studies Master's program at UCLA and, about to take the concept on as one of my primary scholarly subjects, had...
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Downsizing

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on December 28, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)



DOWNSIZING   **1/2

Alexander Payne

2017



IDEA:  In the near future, a technology exists that gives humans the ability to shrink themselves down to five...

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The Shape of Water

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on December 12, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)



THE SHAPE OF WATER   ***

Guillermo del Toro

2017



IDEA:  A mute janitor forms a relationship with a mysterious sea creature being detained at the government ...

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Coco

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on December 1, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)



COCO   ***1/2

Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina

2017



IDEA:  When Miguel is transported to the Land of the Dead after feeling stifled by his family's age-old ban ...

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Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on November 20, 2017 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)



THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI   ***

Martin McDonagh

2017



IDEA:  Exasperated by the local police force's failure to turn up the culprit in her d...

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The Square

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on November 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)



THE SQUARE   ***

Ruben Östlund

2017



IDEA:  The chief curator at a contemporary art museum in Stockholm finds his life unraveling after he is robb...

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Lady Bird

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on November 13, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)



LADY BIRD   ***1/2

Greta Gerwig

2017



IDEA:  Lady Bird, a restless high school senior, tries to realize her desire to leave Sacramento and her contentious mot...

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The Florida Project

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on October 27, 2017 at 1:05 AM Comments comments (0)



THE FLORIDA PROJECT   ***

Sean Baker

2017



IDEA:  The escapades of Moonee, a six-year-old living at a budget motel on the outskirts of Orlando.

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Life and Nothing More

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on October 24, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)



LIFE AND NOTHING MORE   ***1/2

Antonio Méndez Esparza

2017



IDEA:  In northern Florida, a single m...

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mother!

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on October 15, 2017 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)



MOTHER!   ***

Darren Aronofsky

2017



IDEA:  A homemaker and her author husband are visited by a series of unexpected guests, transforming their placid, is...

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Jonathan Leithold-Patt is a cinephile, film critic, and artist.

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