brianSz

A cinephile from the Midwest just trying 
to watch as many rad movies as he can.

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  • The Prince of Egypt

    The Prince of Egypt

    ★★★★½

    "Hush now, my baby. Be still, love, don't cry. Sleep as you're rocked by the stream."

    One of the most beautifully animated movies ever made and really the only biblical film I care to rewatch. There are a few shots in this movie that feel so cinematically unmatched animation wise, it's staggering (scope out Pharoah talking to his two sons after the chariot race). The songs are incredible, the emotion. It is THAT film.

  • Doubt

    Doubt

    ★★★★½

    "And cut your nails."

    Just when you think this is Meryl, Phillip, and Amy's show, in walks Viola Davis to break your heart for 15 minutes. An uneasy film to watch and with lingering questions on whether an indiscretion actually happened or not. These are powerhouse performances, and it's a testament to Meryl as an actor because honestly I'm not sure how I could've stayed composed if Phillip Seymour Hoffman berated me in his booming voice. That man had such gusto, and I grieve that he left us too soon.

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★★½

    “Corruption...thou art my father.”

    I stan Puritanical dread. Robert Eggers’s freshman film about a New England family that is haunted by a malevolent force living in the woods hits all the right notes. Slow burn of spooky horror until the climactic finale. Had to watch this before seeing The Lighthouse tomorrow.

  • My Best Friend's Wedding

    My Best Friend's Wedding

    ★★★

    "You think, what the hell. Life goes on. Maybe there won't be marriage, maybe there won't be sex, but by god there'll be dancing."

    I wonder if Rupert Everett's back still hurts from carrying this whole film. Everything else about this is kinda off putting. I love miss Julia but her character kinda sucks. For the record, this would've been a 2 or 2.5, but Rupert's scene steal in Act 2 really saved it for me.