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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    Final Cut (2019)


    Seeing Apocalypse Now in theaters was a near religious experience. The film is an endlessly dense text and I’ve gotten a different reading with every rewatch. John Milius looms large over the story, and while Coppola channels Aguirre the Wrath of God, the writer’s tone is closer to Dr. Strangelove. It’s endlessly strange in its vignettes, and the Final Cut plays these sequences past their breaking point and into the territory of downright comedic. That is, until…

  • Beyond The Walls

    Beyond The Walls

    ★★½

    Takes the haunted house sub-genre into some creative new territory but (and I know I’m the minority here) it just didn’t engage me emotionally. 

    P.S. I know my movie intake has been pitiful this month, but I’m back and ready to fix that.

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Please don’t retire man.

    Everything you want from a Tarantino movie plus a warmth yet to be seen in his filmography, and a depth of character that can only come with experience. A love letter to cinema unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the kind of film that makes you want to know even more about the history of the medium. 

    The hangout scenes are the best ever written, and I truly believe that. I watched a lot of Bonanza

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★½

    As a tech demo: amazing

    As a movie: Gus Van Sant’s Psycho