Julian (The Film Seeker)

Julian (The Film Seeker)

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No longer the Cynic.

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Favorite films

  • Moonlight
  • Chungking Express
  • Life of Pi
  • Parasite

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  • Blue

    ★★★½

  • Gregory Go Boom

    ★★★

  • When Angels Fall

    ★★★

  • The Sea Inside

    ★★½

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Do I even need to get into a preamble about the value and impact of Parasite? Is there truly anything that hasn't already been said about Bong Joon-ho's magnum opus? Could I have picked a better film to reel in my 23rd birthday? The answer to all of these questions is probably no, but after two meme reviews and a third separate watch, it feels like the fourth viewing of this masterpiece is due for a proper evaluation on my…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    No disrespect to Kenneth Branagh and the clearly personal story he's decided to tell in the midst of a seemingly endless slump of aspiring franchise garbage, but the emergence of Belfast as this year's Best Picture Oscar frontrunner may very well trick some people into believing we're still in the trenches of 2020's awards season. With such a promising crop of awards hopefuls this time around, such a perfectly fine but otherwise inconsequential period piece taking the lead signals one…

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  • Ritual

    Ritual

    Of COURSE an art film about the desire to escape from reality would be a slam dunk with the Letterboxd crowd! And a Japanese one from the Neon Genesis Evangelion guy, to boot? It's almost a cheat code at that point! Unfortunately, with Ritual, Hideaki Anno's efforts to connect on a viscerally emotional level mostly flatlined in my case, where his exuberant visual eye couldn't be matched by a narrative worthy of it.

    There's no denying that Anno expresses cutting…

  • The Hand of God

    The Hand of God

    ★★★★½

    Acclaimed auteur filmmakers often draw most of their material from the rich wells of their own pasts, and as such, the straight-up autobiographical film is a popular avenue to eventually explore once they've reached a certain level of international success. Most of the time, though, these stories of the self aim to be a return to the basics, stripping back the accumulated weight of their careers and applying their ambition on a much more intimate scale. Paolo Sorrentino has never…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    For decades now, the question of whether or not a Dune adaptation could be successful has plagued the philosophical minds intersecting the realms of cinema and literature. Who could adapt such a lofty novel into a single condensed film and do Frank Herbert justice? With the surreal minds like Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch taking on this challenge, only to have their efforts collapse under the weight of their own ambition, the tale of fictitious messiah Paul Atreides has finally…

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    Determined not to let six months pass without the mention of his growingly tiresome name, Lin-Manuel Miranda has expanded his big screen takeover towards his first crack behind the director's chair with tick, tick...BOOM! The story of a struggling playwright just bursting with musical gusto is a tale that no doubt connected with Miranda, but its success can probably largely be attributed to the forces beyond his own contributions.

    Unlike his sappy summertime brainchild In the Heights, Miranda's adaptation of…