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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    A thrilling and enjoyably fascinating movie that brilliantly depicts one of the most truly horrifying things in modern society: white liberals. Some of the film's concepts seem underexplored, namely, the characters can feel a bit shallow. Also, this might be an unpopular take, but I very much prefer the original, scrapped ending to the one we got.

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★½

    This movie understands me, Riggan Thomson is literally me, so on and so forth. Certainly, while the technical aspects of the filmmaking are brilliant, such as the jazzy score, the characteristic cinematography, and the brilliant acting, it's the film's human element that I find so endearing. The film is full of fascinating characters that walk a tight balance between real and symbolic. Of course, Riggan particularly feels like one of the finer film protagonists I've experienced.

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★

    Very bizarre and eccentric and funny, but also not scary at all. In terms of sheer enjoyment, it was great, with the last half an hour especially being nothing short of a comedy romp. The performances are also equally silly, with Nicholson being unreasonably funny, and Lloyd being just as cheesy as every other child actor. Duvall initially felt stiff and awkward to me, but her performance really comes into her own in the final act. A very entertaining movie, but certainly not by horror standards.

  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★

    As with the other two Anderson films I've seen, the pacing is effortlessly brisk without compromising any development. It can be surprisingly funny at times, but at its core, is a novel tale about adolescence. It's also, uh, more relatable than it should be.