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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★

    Not to be purposefully contrarian, but this is one of those rare occasions, where I feel completely outside of the box that everyone else is in. I just cannot fathom the reasons why this film is getting so much praise, and it feels strange to even try to make that argument in which the film is undeserving, when it is not even a bad movie. It just feels like a more freshly polished mediocre one.

    Don't get me wrong, I…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

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

    Comparisons to other films are inevitable as Paul Schrader wears his influences on his sleeve, ironically enough including himself with his earlier work (i. e. Taxi Driver). The film begins like a modern day remake of Ingmar Bergman's Winter Light, with the main plot points identically resembling Bergman's film. Now, I really don't have any criticism over Schrader doing this because obviously the 2nd half changes everything drastically and Schrader tells the story in his own unique way. A similar…

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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Hyperboles do not matter when discussing Persona because the film is all but stated in fact that it is not only Bergman's masterpiece but holding the incredible feat of being considered one of if not the best film ever made.

    There are many factors that go into Persona carrying this title perhaps even too many to explain or be able to fit in this review but needless to say it has every element that a perfect film should have. From…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Watching Malick's 'The Tree of Life' has become a religious experience for me. One that literally brings me to my knees, finds my hands clenched tight, and tears in my eyes. There has rarely ever seen before more beauty on film than what is shown here. Emmanuel Lubezki captures the very essence of life on celluloid which was absolutely necessary for this film to contain.

    Malick's film explores themes of evil existing in a world of beauty and grace. The…