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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    It's an absolute miracle when films like Promising Young Woman come along. Films that are this confident, this focused, this capable of balancing narrative and stylistic originality are such rarities, but Emerald Fennell knows exactly what she's doing. Manages to be both incredibly funny and emotionally eviscerating without suffering from tonal whiplash, and Carey Mulligan deserves an Academy Award more than any other performance to come out of 2020. The ending left me just as awe-struck as last time; easily one of the best finales of the year. Phenomenal.

  • We Are Who We Are

    We Are Who We Are

    ★★★★★

    Luca Guadagnino’s We Are Who We Are is, to put it simply, a lot. It is eight episodes of spellbinding, extravagant grandeur from start to finish, a gorgeously rich portrait of identity, sexuality, adolescence, relationships, grief, and love that envelops the viewer in sensitivities that feel fully developed in their emotional resonance. Guadagnino has delivered another tour de force of themes and ideas that teach us about ourselves in ways other artists are unable to. In fact, I’d go so…

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    the virgin logan roy vs. the chad charles foster kane

  • Days

    Days

    ★★★½

    Beautifully made, but unlike the other Tsai films I've seen, the mundanity it captures feels very artificial and manufactured instead of naturalistic. This is a film that seems to intentionally test your patience with its slowly sweeping and intimate style but came off as soulless because of its inability to gauge any emotion out of me. It's a gorgeous movie and I can see what Tsai was going for, but it left me very cold. Pretty mixed on this one because there are aspects that I do appreciate about it but they're ultimately kind of buried under the rest.

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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★½

    The director of this (who is a white woman) said back in February in this interview that "Although it's a critically important Chinese story and it's set in Chinese culture and history, there is another culture at play here, which is the culture of Disney".

    that should tell you pretty much all you need to know. Disney, how fucking hard is it to just hire directors of color?

  • Spree

    Spree

    ★★★½

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

    Joe Keery murdering a guy by running him over with a car while the Gummy Bear song plays is POETIC CINEMA!