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  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★★

    After a quick nap on the airplane, I glanced over at what my girlfriend was watching and was pleasantly surprised to see that she was watching this. Yes, technically I only watched the latter half of the film, but it solidifies my opinion that this pretty much a flawless thriller.

    A lot of people praise the film for its style and its storytelling, and rightly so. Villeneuve's directing is phenomenal here; what could have been a standard whodunit film is…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★★

    A film about finding solace even in the worst tragedies, and achieving your dreams despite that. Neil Armstrong went through the worst thing a parent could ever experience, and the film depicts his struggle to express his grief in the most sympathetic way possible. It baffles me that this film has been criticized for being "cold", because all I felt was immense sadness, watching him cry for Karen privately in his workroom, or trying to open up to his wife…

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    If it's not, I'm gonna say it is.

    This is an inaccurate depiction of Asians because nobody wears shoes inside the house. Come on, John Cho. Also I really wonder what time period this film takes place in, because there's literally a scene where Casey just hands her job application in by hand. Who the hell does that anymore?

    Whatever, phenonemal movie though. So serene, yet so emotional. Would be a perfect double feature with Paterson.

  • Lola

    Lola

    ★★★★

    I'm finally getting into Jacques Demy. Been wanting to watch his films for awhile, and as a debut feature, Lola does not disappoint. It's a bit rough around the edges, and I know there was an incident that destroyed a lot of the film, but I'm so glad that they were able to salvage the film and restore it properly. It feels very lively and warm, despite being in black-and-white, but also feels a bit melancholy.

    The plot follows characters…

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  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★½

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the real deal, even back in 2004. This is a brutal movie to watch, and it really does not hold back in its depictions of abuse and the aftermath of it. I found this to be a very nuanced exploration of how different people cope with abuse.

    Neil uses this event and tries to shape it in his mind as a positive memory, and as a result, all his future sexual encounters feel emotionless, since this kind…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★★

    Could not fully appreciate this film while I was watching because there was just so much going on in every single scene of this film. My god. The way Schrader combines Mishima's works of art and his life story into one overarching narrative is absolutely genius, especially for a man who felt so connected to his own art.

    While most biopics run into the issue of sanitizing the story and making its subject feel larger-than-life, Schrader does no such thing…