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  • Amélie
  • La Dolce Vita
  • Carrie
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  • Star Trek

    ★★

  • Moana

    ★★★

  • The Night House

    ★★★★

  • The Big Sick

    ★★★

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  • Star Trek

    Star Trek

    ★★

    Nope, not feeling this one. I do like the Star Trek franchise but I’m definitely neither invested nor knowledgeable enough to label myself a fan so I have no real fire in me for how J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek (2009) contrasts from the original series and its takes on the characters. I just find this whole affair to be rather bland. 

    What separates Star Trek the franchise from something like Star Wars is it’s focus on head-type storytelling, often exploring…

  • Moana

    Moana

    ★★★

    Moana is a very confusing movie for me to watch because so much of it seems rather startlingly respectful towards the culture that it spotlights while so much of it is as exploitative as ever. 

    For starters, it can’t be denied that this film is part of a larger problem surrounding the Walt Disney Company’s usage of real world ethnic-specific cultures as sort of cinematic Halloween costumes where the exact same story, wherein a young woman dissatisfied with her life,…

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★★

    Mank, despite initial expectations, is not a film about the HOW of Citizen Kane. It is about the WHY of Citizen Kane. Orson Welles’ seminal masterpiece, often hailed as the greatest film of all time, is obviously a story about the price of power and the emptiness of wealth. But in an emotionally reactionary sense, the film means a variety of things to a variety of people. David Fincher’s long gestating passion project thus seeks to explore what it meant…

  • Gremlins

    Gremlins

    ★★★½

    My parents forbid me from watching Gremlins for most of my young life. They feared I’d have nightmares from it and wouldn’t sleep well. Which is hilarious, seeing as how I was permitted to view films like Batman Returns and Temple of Doom. When I entered middle school and was finally granted a DVD copy for my for birthday, watching the film felt like a birthright. Like this was the moment where life changed, all because I could watch fucking Gremlins.…