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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★½

    The following review will have two parts: review and rant. One will discuss all the positive and most of the negative aspects of the film. The other will rant big time and you are advised to stay away from the second half if you mind spoilers. SPOILERS for the rant, not for the review. That is all.

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    Prisoner of Azkaban is easily my favorite Harry Potter film thus far. The core positive aspect of it, especially compared to Chris…

  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★½

    “Life is brief.”

    Akira Kurosawa is a master and this is a masterpiece. In case you didn’t know, Ikiru is Japanese for “to live.” An interesting title for a story about a dying man, but that’s just it. This film isn’t about death. It’s about life. The nature of it. Life is like a stack of cash waiting to be spent on anything you desire. But you only get so much wealth. There is always an end to the stack.…

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  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★

    As much as I love Taika Waititi, I don't think I can give this anything more than three stars. Let's start with the good. I thought Taika's direction was stunning as always, superbly juggling a starring role and the director's chair. His performance was hilarious, as was Jemaine Clement's. They co-directed and co-wrote this, which I did not know. I think they did a great job. Each scene has an inherent funniness to it with all of the awkward characters…

  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ★★½

    I could nitpick this movie all day for its messiness, but what I really dislike is how messed up everything is.

    Amy Adams' character is a terrible mother with no redeeming traits (I don't care what anyone says to that, I really dislike her). Also, I don't see how she is lead actress, she is definitely supporting in my opinion. The performance was decent but not Oscar-worthy.

    Glenn Close's character is a boss and she deserves her Oscar nom/win.

    J.D.…

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★½

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

    Not only was Judas and the Black Messiah a profound film that moved me more than I can possibly say, it also changed me for the better, something I cannot say many films have done. The most amazing thing about Judas is its ability to encapsulate. Encapsulate grief, encapsulate anger, encapsulate hate, encapsulate a struggle. It encapsulates Fred Hampton's charisma and power, it encapsulates the Black Panther movement, it encapsulates the profound levels of hate emanating from US agencies at…

  • In the Name of the Father

    In the Name of the Father

    ★★★★½

    This was so cussing near perfect. I'll never understand why the Irish and the English hate(d) each other so much, but I do understand how phenomenal Daniel Day Lewis is. I mean, cuss man! Pete Postlethwaite was amazing as well. The pacing could have been better, one or two less scenes in prison might have been nice, but I don't really care. It was still a masterpiece through and through. In the Name of the Father, I award this 4 and a half stars!