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  • The Deep

    The Deep

    ★★½

    Apparently, this has a pretty campy reputation and I can see why—large chunks of it are, indeed, kinda dopey! But it also hints at something more, especially early on; there's a legitimate "mystery of the deep" ambiance throughout many of the underwater sequences that I wish Yates had run with. Instead, we're treated to a stretched-too-thin treasure hunter flick that's mostly a generic jumble of subject material that would be right at home in a contemporary summer release. A bit…

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★

    Imagine an assault on sexism and biases with the bluntest instrument known to humankind—well, Mulan is its cinematic spirit animal, an absurdly on-the-nose barrage against the daily prejudices women face in all ranks of life. Sure, the message is fabulous and one that I wholeheartedly agree with—I'd be lying if I said that multiple sequences weren't emotionally satisfying to witness—but this is some laaaaaazy screenwriting, with lines so cartoonishly direct and lacking in nuance that it's hard to believe they…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I'd originally planned to write a lengthy essay on this, probably my favorite film of the decade (only Margaret is otherwise in contention) and absolutely the most personally meaningful, for my dad's soon-to-be-defunct poetry magazine Parnassus, but life got in the way—I switched companies just as the deadline was approaching and simply didn't have the hours in the day to write a 4,000 word piece with the proper checks and drafts to do my father proud. I did, however, begin

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    A movie too perfect and beautiful, too me, to really write much about...so full of glorious minutiae and intricacies, so easily paced that its massive power is almost impossible to comprehend in its entirety during an initial viewing. And while Elio and Oliver's connection/love is impeccably (and exceedingly delicately) portrayed, the father/mother/son dynamic between Elio and his parents might be even more exceptional...rarely have I felt my soul so firmly, magically intertwined with an onscreen relationship like I did here.…