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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    2020 Ranked

    Felt at times as if I were watching Bergman. Lee Isaac Chung's Minari relishes in the little moments that make a family a family, and envelopes the audience within a family's dreams, struggles, and love that bears resemblance to countless a family.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    2020 Ranked

    There are a number of reasons that inspire one to travel- to visit relatives, to go on vacation, or to even hold a job. Yet, when one typically travels, there is a destination in mind. To travel without a destination implies placelessness, perhaps a lack of connection to the outside world; or, worse yet, confusion or a lack of hope. Fern (Frances McDormand) experiences some of the prior in Nomadland, yet her time spent on the road provides…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    2019 Ranked

    When I first saw the trailer for Joker, I thought the premise could offer a potentially new look at the character of the Joker. It seemed like a comic book movie with a slightly darker tone, and Joaquin Phoenix’s involvement suggested that it wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill film. Phoenix doesn’t do those films.

    Until reading responses to the trailer, I hadn’t considered the immense controversy that 2 minutes would conjure or the immense vitriol that 2 hours and…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★

    There is no one more lost in this world than Frances. She’s awkward, unsuccessful, “undateable”, and perpetually low on cash forcing a series of moves that pushes her along with more intention than any of the decisions she makes on her own.

    Noah Baumbach’s film is a coming of age story, though you have to squint a little to see it. As the weeks, months, and years pass by, Frances- though never changing a moment from her awkward self- gradually…