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  • The Social Network

    ★★★★

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

  • Mamma Mia!

  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • Hit the Road

    Hit the Road

    ★★★★★

    A Three-Part Analysis of Hit the Road: Aesthetic, Family, and Ideological Critique 

    Overview of the Film

    "Don’t be scared."

    A family of four and their sick dog embark on a road trip, that at first, is left unclear where exactly they are headed and why. It is gradually revealed that they are driving to a hidden location in the mountains, where they will be sending their eldest son to escape the country in search of freedom and better opportunities. To do…

  • Holy Spider

    Holy Spider

    ★★★★½

    I had the opportunity to watch this for the second time in theaters; this time a Q&A with director Ali Abbasi and the film’s lead, Zar Amir Ebrahimi followed the screening, in which they spoke about the difficulty in shooting, casting and getting this film finally made, considering the obstacles they faced along the way. 

    For a more comprehensive review of Holy Spider, please refer to/read my first review of the film, here

    ‼️SPOILERS BELOW‼️

    This time around, I’d like…

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  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★

    It’s a meta film.

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    As dark as it is hopeful; Wes’ best, and his most human film, The Royal Tenenbaums strikes the perfect balance between style and emotional personality, sorrow and comedy, feeling and distance. The emotion at the root of the film is grounded in both individual crisis and a larger, communal nostalgia. 

    The Royal Tenenbaums captures the perpetual loneliness that seeps into adulthood, despite the illusion of family or community, or of any early-life signs of a fulfilling future. In other words, the film…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    Watched with the incredible commentary provided by the 5 year old sitting 2 seats next to me, watching it for the first time and sharing his visceral and emotional reactions to the movie. Great time; love to see it.

  • No Bears

    No Bears

    ★★★★★

    Speechless. With each new film, Jafar Panahi expands the boundaries of what cinema can be, and what it can mean. Panahi has put together an unbelievably impressive stretch of consecutive works since his filmmaking-ban was put into effect — and No Bears is right there among his best (my favorite). Every film since the ban has been a defining accomplishment in the medium, and a testament to his unwavering persistence, and to his belief in cinema and search for truth. No Bears is…