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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    Beautiful.

  • Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

    Flight of the Conchords: Live in London

    ★★★★

    Incredible on stage banter. Their interactions and musical interplay is so finely tuned yet natural. A fantastic return.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★

    Always a great time. Funny, light hearted, and a complete reverence for what has come before it.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant concept and execution. Michael doesn’t haunt Laurie because of some dumb familial connection but rather it is Laurie who hunts the shape.

    Laurie’s trauma and how it has affected her life is a disturbing and sad contrast from the beautiful young girl in the original film.

    The way the movie references the original by both nodding and turning moments on their head without pandering was fantastic.

    The movie is small scale as it should be. Contained, tight, and punchy.…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    Astonishing. The long shots of the people walking down the street are amazing.

    The scariest bit is how casually Michael Myers walks through the neighborhood undisturbed. That and how Laurie screams for help and no one is there to rescue her.

  • The Final Girls

    The Final Girls

    ★★½

    Clever premise, great visuals, but a slog nonetheless.

    This self-referential horror movie follows the meta-textual examination of the slasher series that Scream pioneered and physically puts the heroes into a Friday the 13th lookalike movie.

    The final fight scene was very impressive visually and there were some laugh out loud moments, but I just couldn’t bring myself to care.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Incredibly powerful film with equally impactful performances. This will make you hurt.

    The end truly caught me by surprise (even though this is a 3 time remake).

    Bradley Cooper does a great job as a first time filmmaker. He captures the beauty and chaos of the stage in such an exciting way.

    Sam Elliott is a freaking treasure.

    Lady GaGa sings a little too hard for my liking. She completely nails it, but it is a manufactured nailing it that is without soul.

  • 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.