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  • Avanti!

    Avanti!

    ★★★★½

    Every new Billy Wilder film I experience gives me a great appreciation for him as a writer and as a director.

    Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills are incredible. They complement each other wonderfully, when they're at odds and when they're on the same page. The Italian setting is beautiful and allows for many great shots and sequences. The humor is pitch perfect, including the dialogue-less opening sequence on the plane. There aren't jokes, it's just comedic situation after comedic situation.…

  • Just Mercy

    Just Mercy

    ★★★

    For all the films I've seen about racism and injustice against black people; from Get Out to Do the Right Thing; from The Color Purple to Blindspotting; from Hidden Figures to Green Book; from Hoop Dreams to 13th; the greatest evidence for me as to why these kinds of films will continue to be made is that no matter how good, bad, genre-defying, well-acted, or by the numbers the film is, it always manages to affect me.

    I expect over…

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  • The Dark and the Wicked

    The Dark and the Wicked

    Marin Ireland was the best part of this otherwise bland horror film.

  • Save Yourselves!

    Save Yourselves!

    ★★

    This was cute! Pouffes (Poofs?) are adorable and terrifying. Sunita Mani was great and had solid chemistry with John Reynolds. It's one of those, I liked it more than I felt it was good kind of movies.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    A long time ago, George Lucas made a film that would inspire children for decades to come. Star Wars is iconic in its look, its characters, its score, and its sounds. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford became the faces of a franchise too big to fail. With Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the original trilogy of Star Wars films was an imperfect, but very good trilogy of films featuring one of the greatest twists, villains,…

  • Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

    Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

    ★½

    March 2016 Scavenger Hunt

    Film #1/Task #1
    An unconventional romantic film.


    I decided to focus my reviews on the task, as opposed to the film as a whole.

    Downey and Kidman are just so strange. Their characters languish over almost everything. Their touch lingers whenever they pick up the simplest mundane object. It's very off-putting, but it does help to elevate them above the rest of the characters to the point where you can really see a connection forming between…