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  • Intolerable Cruelty

    Intolerable Cruelty

    ★★★★½

    The Coen Brothers hate you.

    Well, maybe not you, but they definitely hate your taste in movies. Billed as a Romcom, The Coen Brothers manage to undermine every possible trope, dispelling the idea of true love and making you despise their two leads.

    While this movie is considered by many to be "lesser Coen brothers," it has a lot in common with another film also given that label, The Hudsucker Proxy. Both movies are impossible to fully unlock without understanding…

  • Cats

    Cats

    I was feeling shitty this morning so I rewatched Cats.

    More like I was feeling numb. Like I felt like if I watched anything that I loved, it wouldn't have the same emotional effect.

    If you are someone who hasn't seen this movie because of how horrible the reviews are, I beg you to reconsider. This might be the most unique experience you can have with any film. I can't describe the feeling of disgust and wonder that this film…

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  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★★

    Far from perfect, but when it shines it really shines.

    John M Chu does an amazing job making this movie incredibly cinematic. This doesn’t at all feel like a filmed play as plays often do but rather a full MGM style musical. While Crazy Rich Asians was slightly overhyped, the musical format really gave him the opportunity to showcase more of his style. John M Chu’s brother owns Chef Chu’s in Los Altos, which is my favorite Chinese restaurant so…

  • Stardust

    Stardust

    ★★★★

    I wish they’d make more movies like this.

    This is the closest thing to The Princess Bride we’ve gotten this century and I wish more people would follow in this vein of campy fairy tale movies. This movie is pretty bizarre but through Matthew Vaughn’s vision and some incredible performances, the heart of it comes through. Michelle Pfeiffer is especially exceptional, making me wish she’d pop up in more of these kinds of films.

    All in all, effective, cute, and escapist in the best way possible.

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  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★★★½

    If Anya Taylor-Joy and Harry Melling had children, their kids’ eyes would be the right distance apart.

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★½

    Have you ever heard the story of the organ-grinder’s monkey?

    As a Fincher-head and a massive old Hollywood fan, it actually pains me to give it a rating this low, but I have to be honest with y’all, it just didn’t completely live up to my expectations.

    My main issue with the film was ironically its screenplay. While I wouldn’t normally think it fair to compare this film to Citizen Kane, the movie references it so often that practically begs…