“We must keep on living.”

Drive My Car (2021)
Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Written by Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe
Starring Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toko Miura, Masaki Okada, Reika Kirishima, and Peri Dizon
179 minutes, Unrated

Drive My Car is a film that was released in 2021. I didn’t see it until 2022. As I sat through the closing credits and pondered the immensely powerful cinematic treasure I had just seen, I wished that this film would have been available to me in 2002. I could have used this movie back then.

If you are unaware of this film, then you must not be the sort that pays attention to the Academy Awards, because Drive My Car has been recently nominated for four Oscars. A three-hour subtitled foreign film, it is the official submission of Japan in the Best International Feature Film category, but it has also achieved nods for Best Director (Ryusuke Hamaguchi) and Best Picture. The screenplay, adapted by the director and Takamasa Oe from a short story by Hiruki Murakami (one of my favorite living novelists), has been honored in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay.

If you are aware of this film, but have not seen it, I caution you from moving forward until you have. This entry will contain many, many SPOILERS. Ordinarily, I would not spoil a movie this new, but I simply cannot write about why this film has spoken to me so profoundly without divulging plot details. This is, to me, a very special film.

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Eastwood Reviews — #11

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“Al, you ever find yourself being completely smothered by someone?”

Play Misty For Me (1971)
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by Jo Heims and Dean Riesner
102 minutes, rated R

It should be noted that while I do believe very strongly in the wonderment of an audience experiencing a movie’s twists and turns on their own, these reviews will not shy away from spoilers if they are necessary to discussion of the film.

Quick rating: 4/5

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Eastwood Reviews — #10

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“The corporal seems to be having an effect on all of us.”

The Beguiled (1971)
Directed by Don Siegel
Written by John B. Sherry and Grimes Grice
105 minutes, rated R

It should be noted that while I do believe very strongly in the wonderment of an audience experiencing a movie’s twists and turns on their own, these reviews will not shy away from spoilers if they are necessary to discussion of the film.

Quick rating: 4.5/5

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“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

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Connection: director (Sidney Lumet)
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Network (1976)
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Starring Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty, and Beatrice Straight
121 minutes, R

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“…every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.”

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It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra
Written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, and Frank Capra
Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, and Gloria Grahame
130 minutes, rated PG

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“…We’re just gambling on probabilities — we may be wrong.”

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Connection: number in title (12)
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12 Angry Men (1957)
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Written by Bernard Rose
Starring Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Jack Warden, Henry Fonda, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec, and Robert Webber
96 minutes, Approved

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“Let me tell you the story of Right Hand, Left Hand. It’s a tale of good and evil.”

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Connection: actor (Danny Aiello)
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Do The Right Thing (1989)
Directed by Spike Lee
Written by Spike Lee
Starring Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Spike Lee
120 minutes, rated R

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