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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    Fuck. This movie. Ugghh.

    I applaud Hertzfeldt’s creativity and originality. God knows we could use more of that in cinema; especially in Hollywood. That’s why it pains me to say I didn’t enjoy It’s Such a Beautiful Day.

    I thought the animation style was familiar, and I was not surprised to see Hertzfeldt also did World of Tomorrow. That was a short that was difficult for me to even get through. So, a feature length film from the same director…

  • Atonement

    Atonement

    ★★★

    I wasn’t expecting much out of Atonement. First off, for some reason, I thought it was a Victorian period piece. Upon my surprise of it being a World War II period drama, my hopes were higher. As you can tell, I’m not a fan of Victorian period pieces.

    So, with low expectations going in, it’s kinda surprising to come out disappointed. But that all lies in the film’s captivating first act. It’s nearly perfect. Then the second act turns into…

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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ½

    Taken as it is, I’d say it’s like 3-3.5 stars. But films aren’t created in a vacuum, especially not when they’re “based on a true story”.

    Boots Riley (director of “Sorry to Bother You”, vocalist for The Coup) pointed out so eloquently that the real Ron Stallworth was a p.o.s., hardly a single thing in the movie is accurate, and the investigation into white supremacist groups actually stifled black revolutionary groups, not the Klan.

    Considering the volatility of police/race relations in the wake of Black Lives Matter, I’d think it shameful for Spike Lee to be involved in such a troubling film.

  • Lovesong

    Lovesong

    ★★★★★

    Trying to review this film is doing it an injustice. It's tender, it's real, it's gut-wrenching, it's heartbreaking, it's maddening, it's sad, it's happy... it's love.

    After drying the tears from my eyes, I came to a realization. Riley Keough just went from a name I recognized to having one of the best performances I've ever seen.

    Watch this film.


    EDIT: I want to see more of these characters. I would be overjoyed if everyone involved was on board for revisiting them "Before Sunset/Midnight" style.


    Also, new man crush: Cary Fukunaga.