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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★

    So much discipline and rigor in the first two acts only for the third act to turn into a left-turn slasher movie. Such high stakes in the setup with none of the follow through. What a shame.

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    Roger Deakins can do no wrong. There are some truly spectacular sequences in this and, for the most part, acting as well. However, I didn’t quite get that same “holy shit this is harrowing” feeling that I got with Saving Private Ryan. I know it’s not the same, but if hard not to compare the two.

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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★½

    This is going against popular opinion but I fundementally cannot grasp how this movie is getting the recognition it’s getting. It’s yet another indie “comedy” where mundane people that are all too seamingly aware that they’re in an indie movie are doing mundane things and then it ends.

    Laurie Metcalf however nailed her part as the super loving but passive aggressive mother.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    The direction, lighting and editing is some of the best out there. Every frame oozes passion.