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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★

    I credit my enjoyment of this movie almost entirely to Karina Longworth. For those who have not had the pleasure of listening to her incredible podcast series, “You Must Remember This,” seek it out immediately - especially if you’re interested in who the fuck any of these old white powerful men are (the more things change, the more they stay the same). She is the reason I learned who David O. Selznick, Irving Thalberg, and Louis B. Mayer are. It…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    Obviously as a Korean, I was predisposed to love this film, and spoiler alert, I did. It’s filled with such raw, emotional, amazing performances I found myself crying on multiple occasions from facial expressions alone. Steven Yeun is truly very good, delivering everything from pure delight while riding his tractor on his land to utter defeat when his hopes are dashed. A long close up shot of Yeun’s face while in the bath after a long day of physical labor…

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  • The High Note

    The High Note

    ★★★

    Do I think Dakota Johnson should be starring in as many movies as she is right now? No. But there is something pleasantly bland about her onscreen presence. You really can just project whatever you want on her. Omg the part where she harmonizes, I laughed my ass off. Go girl, give us noooothing! 

    The great parts of this movie are truly all thanks to Tracee Ellis Ross and Kelvin Harrison Jr., both of whom I love and have wonderful…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★½

    -Once again, Paul Rudd is a treasure. I love that they’re exploring the fallout from the Sokovia accords on someone who can’t escape the real world ramifications. He’s one of the only heroes tied down who can’t simply go into hiding. 

    -I’m still upset about that wig/hairstyle for Hope from the first movie. Thank goodness for the update but we did have to suffer the flashbacks. 

    -“You seem to have a lot of fallings out with people.” The only phrase…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★

    It’s impossible to imagine how mind-blowing this would’ve been to see in 1968. 
    Instead, I watched this as Kubrick intended: with someone watching episodes of Somebody Feed Phil in the next room. What a wild film this is, there’s just no more appropriate descriptor. Did I understand it? Nope! But it was gorgeous to look at and I’m sure, once again, would’ve been better experienced in a theater. 

    There’s something about HAL’s matter of fact cadence that is truly unsettling. And the song “Daisy” is forever haunted now. 

    Really gotta start ending meetings with this line now: “This conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★★

    “I don’t wanna fight your sister that’s a family issue!”

    Just so goddamn fun! Definitely the funniest of the MCU. And perhaps my favorite? A breath of fresh air that finally allows Chris Hemsworth to be fully hilarious and bounce off Hiddleston’s quippy mischievous energy. Everyone has such great chemistry in this!! 

    Cate Blanchett, what a fucking actual goddess. I’m obsessed with her, she’s amazing in this and everything. Now she really could play Batman bc she can do no…