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  • Before Sunrise
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • La La Land

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  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    ★★★★½

  • Sound of Metal

    ★★★½

  • The Red Shoes

    ★★★★½

  • Roma

    ★★★½

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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ...could be the greatest movie I’ve ever seen, could be hollow, pointless garbage. Either way, it’s a perfect movie for the last few years: paranoia, pop-culture, conspiracy. Disillusionment towards life and enrapture, even worship towards Hollywood, glamourized celebrity content to be consumed by the masses, cocooning a shady verge known only to the most powerful and the theorists on the fringes of society. I can barely grasp so many of the concepts at play here, and the disorienting presentation of…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    Mild spoilers.
    Yes, it's that good. See it in a theatre, if you can!

    I'm just shocked at how genuine this is. About every emotional beat is effective, and not a single one feels duplicitious or artificial. I appreciate that so much. In this endlessly energetic movie, stuffed with a plethora of ingenious ideas and vibrant oddities, the familial story it revolves around is so much more affecting than I would have guessed. The perfect dose of heart elevates what…

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  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    Funeral Parade of Roses

    ★★★★½

    A stylistic dream. Rather chaotic, yet manages to feel very cohesive by the time things end. It's gorgeous and alienating and funny and disgusting all at once, and all in the greatest way possible. The characters or themes elude me at moments, but at this point, I'm not sure I mind that so much. An absolute trip, and one that I look forward to visiting again!

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★½

    Film Club Pick #9
    Chosen by Devin

    There are many things here I love; the cinematography is an obvious standout, though it was distracting from the subject matter every now and then, and the atmosphere is wonderfully crafted. But somehow, despite my technical admiration, I just couldn't grow attached to these characters. Though a presumably personal story, it felt just a bit too distant for me to really garner any emotional connection. Ultimately, it was just kinda unmemorable for me,…

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  • Cool Cat Saves the Kids

    Cool Cat Saves the Kids

    If you think about it, Cool Cat is a whole lot like Batman:
    -questionable vigilante
    -works with police
    -protects(???) the community
    -has sidekicks
    -fights goofy villains (with goofy names)
    -weirdass voice
    -furry

    Anyways... bad movie. Pretty funny too. Watched with Hyun :)

  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★★

    Nope is like a summer blockbuster Jordan Peele-ified, which kinda makes it the perfect summer blockbuster. It's got that broad appeal, combination of action and comedy, and, of course, entertainment value that makes every good popcorn movie so fun. And beyond that; it's truly interesting, both in the wild concepts and sharp commentary, though not as heavy as Peele's previous directorial work. The visual and tonal aspects are incredible, as is the witty screenplay and character work. As for the…