J. Peterman

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You most likely know it as Myanmar, but it will always be Burma to me.

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  • Badlands

    Badlands

    ★★★★★

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

    I haven't been this blown away by a film in a long time.

    Like watching a novel. It's not just the fluid narration, although that certainly drives home the literary aspect. The movie breathes, deeply, and delightfully meanders from place to place, absolved from any ordinary sense of time. There's something so serene about its juxtaposition of nature and violence - life and death - how every character maintains a seemingly transient and unspiteful demeanor. Why? How? Are they just…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    This is my four or fifth viewing, and No Country For Old Men only seems to get better as time passes. For this review, I am going to focus on the threads that really stuck out to me on this particular watch.

    Ed Tom Bell bears the weight of the story. Not only does he open and close the film with a monologue, but he serves as the viewer's guide.

    As a narrator, Ed sets the stakes for what the…

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  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★½

    This movie is a giant mess, though I think that was mostly intentional. Some aspects really work, like the ambient noise that swells and creeps up to create a powerful atmosphere; or the claustrophobic setting/set pieces. Other aspects just feel too awkward, taking me out of the film almost instantly - the largely flat writing (though there are some moments that shine), the A c t i n g that is way too hammy and doubles down on the corny…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★

    **First time watching this movie was on a first date with my now wife. I will never not LOVE this film.**

    With that disclaimer out of the way, I can get into what stuck out to me on what must be my fourth or fifth viewing... I always wondered why Wes decided to start open the film with Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. I must have been too dense to realize earlier, not only is it a…

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★½

    Abysmal on almost all fronts, treating its audience like children. Why bother with the glacial pace if there's nothing interesting to chew on? I was seriously bored for the first two thirds of this movie, and then mostly disappointed as the unnecessarily rushed conclusion grew closer.

    There are a few things I enjoyed:

    1) the dinner scene - obviously, not much else to say here.

    2) James - whilst arguably not even a character, and suffers from some seriously lame…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    A technical masterpiece with unparalleled execution. Though the film exudes creativity in filmmaking, it lacks a certain sense of humanity.

    Undoubtedly more engaging than most wartime drivel, and prides itself on the journey vs. the destination. However, I'd prefer to be taken somewhere on the journey, as opposed to having simply been a witness to it. 1917 strikes me as a very cathartic picture, particularly for Mendes. I don't have a problem with deeply personal directing, as most art is…