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  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★★

    There might not be another film that's as personally meaningful to me as this one, and revisiting it this weekend has brought so much back, as well as a sense of "home". It's a cliché, but it is absolutely true that this film changed my life. I saw it in the theatre with my dad upon release and walked out a different person. I have always been someone who questions the "norm" and has never just accepted what I've been…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    One final viewing of the Director's Cut, and all good things must come to an end. I finally feel satiated and have gleaned almost all that I could from this film. I don't know that I'll be able to watch it on the small screen when it's released on dvd, but nothing else in the past several years has given me as much joy as this has, and I appreciate the accompaniment of this glorious film during one of the most memorable years of my life. I hope to someday meet a person who will make me as happy as this film does. ILU Midsommar <3.

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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★½

    Inexplicably, I was really looking forward to this film ever since I saw the first trailer, pre-pandemic. Despite my history of absolutely despising musicals, this one somehow appealed to me for reasons I can't explain. I had the chance to see a pre-screening (ah, just like old times!) and was uncharacteristically excited.

    I had all but talked myself into loving it before it even started, but unfortunately it just didn't do anything for me. I didn't enjoy the songs, which…

  • Working Girl

    Working Girl

    ★★★★

    It's been ages since I've watched this, although I've seen it more times than I could count. It's a bit cringe-worthy for the most part but I can still appreciate its heart, the stellar cast and the 80s movie aesthetic. Also, two words essential for so many enjoyable films: Joan Cusack.

    I'd forgotten the Ricki Lake bit part and the Kevin Spacey a little too accurate totally disgusting creepy predator scene, which almost made me too uncomfortable to watch. The…

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  • Photograph

    Photograph

    ★★★★

    I wasn't going to see this film until a friend assured me it was not the schlocky, predictable romance movie that it could've been based on the trailer. While it didn't do anything earth-shattering, it was definitely worth seeing.

    Photograph is a quietly told and restrained but surprisingly emotional story that features themes about Indian society, gender roles and tradition vs. modernity. It doesn't go where you expect it to, which I appreciated (but several people at my showing found…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    When this film was announced as an advance screening for members only at one of my favorite arthouse theatres (and for free, no less!), I pretty much cleared my schedule immediately. I had to drive for just under two hours through heinous construction and rush-hour traffic, but I knew it would be worth it (and I wasn't wrong!).

    I knew little about the plot beforehand and had only seen the trailer a couple of times, and that really enhanced my…