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  • Memories of Murder
  • Brick
  • Collateral
  • The Wind Rises

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  • Encanto

    ★★★★

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★★★

  • Zootopia

    ★★★½

  • Eternals

    ★★½

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    -> Medium link <- in case you prefer reading a slightly long form review elsewhere.


    Christopher Nolan’s next event is finally here amidst a time where time itself has become a mirage. In other words, what better way is there to question the existential nature of reality, time, and purpose then through the guise of Nolan’s signature element? There may be no other way or perhaps what’s happened, has happened.


    *Minor plot details mentioned ahead or… behind*


    Interstellar, in my opinion, is…

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★★

    James Gray returns following the sprawling epic of The Lost City of Z. Perhaps equally as ambitious in scope, Ad Astra traverses a far more intrinsic and self-loathing journey, becoming a vessel of generational and present demons. 

    Although far different films, I think the First Reformed in space comparison fits the framing of Roy McBride’s character arc, as it follows a similar torturous and detached pattern. 

    Thematically, there’s so much to unpack here. This film isn’t concerned with how space…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    I’m still pronouncing it “see-etch” as the audiobook CLEARLY states.

    (Full review coming this weekend)

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    ★★★

    Less plot hinging explanations and more vibes in Halloween Ends please. The vibes did win me over often here.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    I’m quite angry at myself for not watching this in theaters. Beyond the film’s masterful direction, eloquent set/costume design, and a surprisingly brilliant score, the character work and subsequent performances are what standout here. PTA juggles the complex dynamic between Reynolds and Alma at the perfect pace as the audience contemplates Alma being submerged into Reynolds meticulous and dedicated craft.

    “There is an air of quiet death in this house and I do not like the way it smells.”

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★½

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

    The best way I could describe this film is by calling it “J.K. Rowling unhinged”. One of the best storytellers of our generation unloads a slew of subplots that ultimately fail to work in the demanding conciseness of a screenplay. Somewhere deep down there’s a story worth telling, but this film can’t find its throughline to save its life.

    Some positives
     - Newt’s retained innocence, demeanor, and care for his creatures once again
    - Jude Law and everything surrounding the…