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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★

    Incredible visual style but with a tone all over the place.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★½

    Fun, heartwarming, and a little long.

    This is a Chinese movie through and through with its over the top characters, vintage title fonts, and excellent music. Happy that so many people are seeing this and enjoying it.

    It has made Singapore jump to the top of my travel destinations!

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Incredible feat of filmmaking that is unlike anything. An absolute achievement that has gratuitous shots of spaceships flying and landing.

    Scenes that I love:
    - The Panther attacking the primate in the Dawn of Man
    - The daughter of Dr. Flloyd describing her birthday party
    - Decommissioning HAL

  • Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing

    ★★★★

    80s cheese with an incredibly serious and horrifying trauma.

    Amazing dancing. Commenting somehow on classism, just not sure how.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★

    What Works
    -Opening Bombing scene
    -Luke milking the animal
    -Kylo Ren’s Shirtless Torso
    -Kylo + Rey Mental Link
    -Kylo + Rey fight - High water mark for the trilogy

    What Doesn’t Work
    -Admiral Holdo + Poe
    -Canto Bite
    -Luke pulling a saber on Kylo
    -Phasma

    Kylo is still the best part of the series. His internal struggle is fantastic, but is also incredibly frustrating at times.

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    ★★

    “Temple of Doom” is a movie very much of its time, which is a nice way of saying it doesn’t depict women or non-white people very well.

    It has the worst female character ever and a boy who is annoying and depicted poorly. THe message seems to be that Indian savages need saving from a white man.

    Putting all of this aside though, “Temple of Doom” is uneven and the pacing is rough. It is attempting to do much more…

  • Jack Reacher

    Jack Reacher

    ★★½

    “Jack Reacher” is incredibly cheesy. The lead character is semi-interesting and Tom Cruise is great as always, but the film just doesn’t hit.

    The opening scene is the best part of the film with great cinematography, pacing, and tension. It legitimately is terrifying and disturbing to watch.

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★

    “BlacKkKlansman” doesn’t pull any punches. In true Spike Lee fashion, it’s in your face and incredibly overt. The film is actually very fun with the two leads John David Washington
    and Adam Driver absolutely killing it.

    The intention was clear, but hearing people use such hateful speak is like nails on a chalkboard. Spike Lee uses this film to remind us that race relations in the 1970s don’t seem like so long ago.

    The story dragged on and lost its steam for a bit.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    Tragic, real, and incredibly heartwarming, “Eighth Grade” is a portrait of an insecure kid seeking popularity and validation in her life. While Kayla attempts to “fake it until she makes it” with her YouTube videos, she just can’t seem to overcome her true insecure personality. The problem is that she is reaching for something that is very not her. Luckily, after the ups and downs, the film ends with heart as Kayla finds another person who she can relate to.

    “Eighth Grade” is incredibly funny with both visual and situational comedy that is laugh out loud hilarious.

    Such a great debut from director Bo Burnham.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    “Mission Impossible: Fallout” left me gasping for air and laughing with excitement throughout the entire runtime. It’s wall-to-wall action and hits all the familiar notes that make the MI series unique and enjoyable.

    The action sequences are truly special. Something as standard as a jump out of an airplane becomes a white-knuckle free-fall through an electrical storm. Each sequence is taken to its extreme.

    The story is nearly incomprehensible like most Mission Impossible film, and when McGuffin’s are explained, their…

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    Full of style and a commanding political stance that satirizes our world without beating you over the head.

    Bold choices and a diverse cast make it approachable and the story is enjoyable without being preachy. Well done.

  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

    ★★★★

    Tom Cruise boldly enters the second era of the Mission Impossible franchise with bold action sequences led by his death defying stunts.

    Benji really turns up the comedy in this one.

    Insanely watchable.