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  • Casablanca
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Vertigo
  • Arrival

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  • Promising Young Woman

    ★★★

  • The Congress

    ★★½

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    ★★★★½

  • Black Widow

    ★★

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★

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

    Hard to really quantify my feelings on it since there's so much to like but the overall experience left me quite empty.

    The casting is pretty perfect to begin with, Max Greenfield is skin-crawlingly sleazy and disgusting in the latter half of the film. Bo Burnham seamlessly manages the awkward but likeable love interest in a film where you are always wary of how much to trust the male characters. I wish Laverne Cox were in it more as she's…

  • The Congress

    The Congress

    ★★½

    Kind of a frustrating watch since there's so much to like about this but it seems so haphazardly put together. It's based on a Stanislaw Lem book, and the very existential sci-fi comes in through one half of the film, but the Robin Wright storyline feels like a subplot that never fully ties into the rest. You start watching one film and by the end you're watching a completely different one. It doesn't help that the relationship between scenes seem…

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★

    For sure one of the weakest Marvel films so far. There's some good stuff here but it's buried by this very confused film. Marvel's usual formula seems stretched thin, and the jokey character comedy seems at odds with the darker themes this film explores. Even Florence Pugh's performance seems hindered by the dodgy accent she puts on.

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★½

    Amazon Prime quite rudely buffered and then shut down half way through this which disrupted the flow a bit but otherwise I had a great time with this.

    This is my first Spike Lee film, and so much of his style feels so unique even in a film that's already over thirty years old. The frequent dutch angles, extreme close ups, and fourth-wall breaking soliloquy's all feel quite jarring, and so many scenes carry an intensity and a heat to…