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  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • My Winnipeg
  • The Third Man
  • Blade Runner

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  • Election

    ★★★★★

  • Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

  • A Hero Never Dies

    ★★★★½

  • A Good Year

    ★★½

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    I really admire Turturro's commitment to keeping those sunglasses on.

    Watching this, I kept thinking to myself "Wow, this is what a $200 million dollar movie can look like", because the bar has been so thoroughly lowered by blockbusters over the last decade. Reeves develops a great atmosphere and sustains it for the whole movie, even if the plot runs a bit thin over three hours. Intentionality in composition goes a long way, and the movie strikes a nice balance…

  • Yourself and Yours

    Yourself and Yours

    ★★★★½

    A lovely, satisfying rewatch. Retains all of Hong's acerbic qualities with an invitation of mystery and a genuine warmth at the center. Minjung is an excellent character.

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  • Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    Aliens vs Predator: Requiem

    Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem has taught me three things:

    1. You can pick out a random word to be the subtitle of your movie and get away with it.

    2. No harm ever came from giving out military-grade night-vision goggles to a small child.

    3. It is possible to make Predators and Aliens ridiculously boring.

    Also, sample dialogue:

    "That's crazy, the government doesn't lie to people!"

    A singularly forgettable movie.

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    ★★★★

    The movie ran into some weird technical problems about halfway through, but luckily Hulk Hogan was there to fix it.