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  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

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

    Despite it being an iconic classic, I had doubts that anything in this movie could compare to the newer reboot trilogy. But despite it being very different in terms of style and tone, I was very, very wrong. Planet of the Apes has such a vast array of things to say about evolution and our place in the world that it can be hard to juggle it all in one’s head. This is especially true once you know the big…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

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

    INTERSTELLAR: A CINEPHILE AWAKENED

    Throughout the majority of my life so far, I enjoyed movies. There were some that I loved and would re-watch constantly, others I hated and swore to never give another try, and some that went in one ear and out the other. Not too much like now, in that sense. However, I didn’t have the level of admiration and love for the art form as a whole that I have now. You wouldn’t have seen me…

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  • The Lovebirds

    The Lovebirds

    ★★

    First off, I want to say something to anyone interested in seeing this movie who hasn’t seen the trailer: do not watch the trailer. It gives away so many of the best moments, as well as a majority of the major beats of the plot.

    As for the movie itself? … Eh. It’s about as basic and subpar as you can get for a comedy. There’s nothing in here that I’d deem offensive or tasteless, but there’s not much that…

  • Good Will Hunting

    Good Will Hunting

    ★★★★½

    This is one of the very rare movies that, scene by scene, start to finish, gets better as it goes along.

    Initially, I wasn't quite clicking with it, thinking the kids to be somewhat unlikable and the style a little too melodramatic. But it continuously unfolds layer upon layer to these characters and their relationships with one another, and the tragedy of Will's life even through how some who want to "help" him view him. One of the movie's main…

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  • Bad Education

    Bad Education

    ★★★★½

    I expressed in my review of Thoroughbreds that I wanted to keep my eye on Cory Finley. If you haven’t seen that movie, it’s an excellent dark comedy-thriller and one of my favorite movies of 2018. Thankfully, my family happens to be subscribed to HBO, meaning I had access to his next work about an apparently-true embezzlement scandal. And even more thankfully, he’s two-for-two with Bad Education, a brilliantly crafted and cleverly executed look at the faults and cracks of…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    This is my last entry for this movie, I promise.

    Watching this again, I've come around. I now can see the ending as the tragedy I think it should be. Thanks to the comments arguing it as such, as well as me just letting myself get out of my own head. It's really hard to fully explain why I was so upset by not getting to see a different outcome, whereas I usually don't have that issue with movies that…