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  • Try Harder!

    ★★★½

  • The First Wave

    ★★★½

  • This Is Not a War Story

    ★★★

  • King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis

    ★★★★★

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  • Gemini Man

    Gemini Man

    Now, this is a movie all about how
    Will Smith got cloned by a man of renown.
    And I'd like to take a minute, just sit with me,
    I'll tell you how he became de-aged in a film by Ang Lee.

    In west of some laboratory, born and raised,
    In a test tube was where he spent most of his days.
    Chillin' out, maxin', assassinatin' a fool,
    And all shootin' some people to graduate from school,
    When a couple of…

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    The screen glows white in the theatre tonight
    Not a cellphone to be seen
    A film devoid of imagination
    And it needs to be in quarantine

    My face is scowling like a raging storm inside
    Couldn't make it good, heaven knows they tried

    Don't let them in, don't let them see
    Be the good film Frozen I was to me
    Raw deal, this reel, don't let them know
    Well, now they know

    Don't you go, don't you go
    Can't say…

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  • Try Harder!

    Try Harder!

    "Oh it's snowing in Boston! If you were at Harvard you'd have to wear a big coat!"

    Wanna feel inadequate?

    The best public high school in the San Francisco area, and one of the highest achieving in the country, Lowell High School is "Tiger Mom central," as one of its students explains in only a barely joking manner. That's no surprise with a majority Asian-American student body. But it's just one of many places like it in America, with shockingly…

  • The First Wave

    The First Wave

    "We weren't made for this. But I think this made us."

    Film Independent screener.

    Shortlisted for an Oscar this year and waiting for a nomination, Matthew Heineman's The First Wave begs to be seen despite some audiences who are tired of pandemic cinema. Just because you're over COVID doesn't mean COVID is over.

    What makes this documentary worth watching is twofold: its specific focus on a short period of time and eschewing of a larger narrative in which to get…

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  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    ★★★★★

    🎉"Old woman!"
    "Man."
    "Sorry. Old man! Who lives in that castle?"
    "I'm 37!"
    "What?"
    "I'm 37, I'm not old!"
    "Well, I can't just call you 'man'."
    "Well, you could say 'Dennis'."
    "I didn't know you were called Dennis."
    "Well you never bothered to find out, did you?"
    🎉

    I've been waiting my whole life to use that quote on my birthday! I'm 37, I'm not old! But my name still isn't Dennis.

    Part of Terry Gilliam ranked.
    Part of Terry Jones ranked.
    Part of My Subjective List of the Best Narrative Films.

  • A Dog's Will

    A Dog's Will

    "If people died of stupidity, you'd be long gone."

    Sometimes, things just don't translate well.

    I don't mean literally, although that is also true I suppose. I mean in a cultural sense, in a sense that unless you are truly part of a heritage or a peoples, you may not understand references or nuances or even perhaps an entire story. Or, a much loved film, one that is in fact the highest-grossing movie in one country's cinematic history.

    And thus…