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  • White Boy Rick

    White Boy Rick

    ★★★½

    "White Boy Rick" was actually better than I had anticipated. Director Yann Demange made his film "'71" with a sense of confidence and assuredness that marked him as a career to watch, and I was excited to see what he had cooking up. This film was not exactly what I had imagined, but as I was watching, I could definitely see the same style and vision that I had seen previously.
    Matthew McConaughey's turn as Rick's dad is the true…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    "First Man" serves as a decent biopic, but I think it serves even better as a film exploring how the moon landing was accomplished. I appreciated the scenes of Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) upset about the untimely loss of his daughter and how much pain it brought him, but I still never got a good sense of who he actually was. Biopics, to me, are most effective, when I get an explicit feel for what makes the person tick. I…

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★★

    A fucking awesome revenge opera that exists in such a wondrously original vision of fire and blood - a near perfect film.
    There is so much to love about this one, but I feel that the most important aspect of "Mandy" is the late Johan Johansson's score (Sicario, Arrival). It is his final gift to cinema-goers before his untimely death, but it is unbelievably brilliant and gives the story so much more impact, mood, feeling, and power (just like his…

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    Way better than I had anticipated, "Bad Times at the El Royale" was a great escape... a type of film movie-goers hardly get a chance to see these days. It is a calculated and well thought-out thriller reminiscent of classics such as "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Gosford Park" but set in a "Nice Guys" and "Pulp Fiction"-type world. There are many comparisons that can be made to Quentin Tarantino in terms of stylization, dialogue, and use of a…