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  • Ben Is Back

    Ben Is Back

    ★★★★

    The comparison feels inevitable, so I’ll get it over with right out of the gate. This is what I was hoping “Beautiful Boy” would be. 

    The biggest strength of this film’s screenplay is its time frame. All of this happens over the course of just shy of 24 hours. I think it makes it so much easier to feel close to these characters and the situations they are going through because you’re in it as much as they are. 

    The…

  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★★

    I don’t know why people hate this so much. I mean, I definitely get that it’s not for everyone, but I can’t imagine hating it. I actually loved it; I had so much fun watching it. But I can totally see that it’s not a perfect film, it’s just that my subjective opinion strays from my objective opinion.

    So I had fun with this because it knew just how to get me. The songs are a lot of fun to…

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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★★

    I’m so glad that Barry Jenkins invented love. 

    At this point, it feels like watching this is coming home to family. Maybe that’s because of how I was introduced to this story and these characters- with an experience amongst people who were, in that night, a family- but I think it’s just because of the film. It’s so lush, so inviting, so filled to the brim with love. I mean I don’t know what to say that could possibly do…

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    ★★

    ‘Fantastic Beasts’ has a problem. At first I thought it was money, then I thought it was brand fatigue or overexcitement to include everything or bad writing or director exhaustion or any of a number of things. Now I realize that its problem is some combination of all of those things- a little of each that amounts to a lot. 

    I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. Love it all, follow it all, total Slytherin. I’ve never loved the Fantastic Beasts…