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  • Cinema Paradiso

    Cinema Paradiso

    ★★★★★

    Pure magic

    Giuseppe Tornatore captures the joy of childhood, the power of cinema, and the ache of nostalgia all in one go. It will make you cry, laugh, and appreciate the people in your life. It is cinema.

    I rewatched this on an outdoor projector with some friends in light of Ennio Morricone's passing as I felt this was the best way to honor his legacy and this film. Ennio has meant so much to me throughout my life, and…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★½

    This movie could not have come out at a better time. It not only speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement directly, but it is a powerful story by one of the best black directors about the black experience.

    It's the closest thing Spike Lee has ever made to a Tarantino film, not only in the violence but also in his attempts to right the wrongs of history and fix society. I won't spoil the movie, but Tarantino's revenge on…

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  • My Cousin Vinny

    My Cousin Vinny

    ★★★★

    Imagine you're a deer. You're prancing along, you get thirsty, you spot a little brook, you put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water. BAM! A fucking bullet rips off part of your head! Your brains are laying on the ground in little bloody pieces! Now I ask ya. Would you give a fuck what kind of pants the son of a bitch who shot you was wearing?

    MARISA TOMEI IS A GOD AMONG US

  • Les Vampires

    Les Vampires

    ★★★★

    As I am working through the 1001 movie list, I decided to check off one of the more daunting entries.

    This seven hour film is a collection of 10 episodes, ranging from 20 to 60 minutes. As it’s length put me off initially, I would highly recommend splitting it up by episode, and watching it like a TV show.

    It is difficult to judge by modern standards of storytelling and filmmaking as this is practically the birth of narrative film,…

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ★★★★★

    In 2016, my parents surprised me with tickets to see the San Francisco run of Hamilton for Christmas. We waited 5 months, but when we saw it, it felt fresh, new, and incredibly powerful. I won't ever forget entering that theater and feeling like we were witnessing something for the ages. It felt like someone had cracked the code on the Broadway musical, making it accessible yet exclusive due to the limited run. I felt special to be able to…

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★½

    Woah.

    I was expecting gripping but I was at the edge of my seat the whole movie! Most zombie movies are slow burns, with the zombies creeping up on you, however these zombies move as if they’re possessed which added to the intensity of the film.

    I bought all the characters and most of their motivations. Which is also rare in a zombie movie. Dong-soek Ma absolutely stole the show though. 

    I don’t think this movie could be made as…