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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman


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

    A common criticism of Scorsese's gangster films is that they ultimately fail to engender the sense of "this life is not to be envied" within the viewer despite this being their goal. The Irishman I would argue succeeds at this narrative to a degree none of Scorsese's other films do. The realization of the audience that De Niro's gangster lifestyle both put the best friend of his life into contact with him and took said friend away hits home. In,…

  • Midsommar



    An expertly crafted but unorthodox commentary on social conditioning. Similar to Hereditary in its focus on drama and relationships rather than shock. In fact, the horror element is somewhat understated, with segments of the film being more like a comedy than something typically expected from a horror movie. Midsommar is also slow-burning similar to Aster's other film, and is not something I would recommend for everybody.

    The aesthetic of the film is one of its most remarkable aspects, due to…

  • Good Morning

    Good Morning


    A very comfy movie

  • Seven Days

    Seven Days


    This film is as bleak as can be, and is a hard watch in a lot of ways. There is no music (non-diagetic at least) and there is a gray color palette over the whole running time. It is a brutal and suffering look at revenge and vengeance.

  • El Sur

    El Sur


    This is a beautiful and realistic drama, as the cinematopgraphy is dark and supple, using naturalistic lighting. The story itself is simple and acts as a coming of age story in addition to a story about a girl and her relationship with her father.

  • Upgrade



    Upgrade is a story of how technology overtakes everything, even the way we think. In keeping in line with cyberpunk fiction, the movie epitomizes the maxim 'high tech, low life', as poverty and abuse of power are shown to be aided rather than abated by technology in modern society. The production values are excellent for a film with a $3-5 million budget, though the sets are often small and constrained.

    The acting seems to be solid generally, although some of…