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  • A Dangerous Method

    A Dangerous Method

    ★★½

    A film so preoccupied by the intelligence of its subjects that it forgets to give the viewer something to care about. Scenes are recklessly smashed against one another, with no sense of pacing or atmosphere. The performers are the only saving grace, and are the only reason that this contrived narrative engages.

    Also, Mortensen is hypnotic.

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    ★★★½

    Toothless, King of Monsters.

    A more grown-up sequel, HTTYD2 takes Hiccup and Toothless beyond the borders of Berk, where the problem isn't so much an acceptance of taboo of a friendship between dragon and man, but the binary of dominance and co-existence.

    The film has beautiful moments that sometimes feel too out of reach for the kids and yearns for more of the levity present in its predecessor. The more mature themes of family and absent parents doesn't emotionally align…

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★½

    I can't understand why this repeat viewing felt like my first in so many ways. Blade Runner is saturated with detail - the art that makes its world breathe with such chaotic vibrancy. It makes so many shots seem new, and each discovery is an opportunity to re-experience this film's sheer ambition as a piece of style over substance.

    In the pursuit of novelty and the future-noir style, Blade Runner's soundtrack is so goddamn cheesy in retrospect. Many purists will…

  • The King

    The King

    ★★★½

    The King starts off promising a compelling journey of the reluctant - but righteous - Prince of Wales inheriting the monarchy and navigating his father's destructive legacy and pompous advisors.

    However, it doesn't take long for this conflict to be distracted by the legendary Battle of Agincourt, to the detriment of everything that was established by the character in the first act. A surprising save in the film's final moments bring it home to Hal, whose listless indifference, and resultant isolation is masterfully performed by Timothée Chalamet.