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  • Stoker

    Stoker

    Stoker is a really strange viewing experience. On the one hand it's fascinating to see Park Chan-wook take a stab at American gothic melodrama with horror undertones but the script by Wentworth Miller is derivative, predictable, and entirely dependent on two-dimensional characterizations. It's a film that I wanted to love but could only really appreciate from afar. This is definitely an example of style over substance. When the film's narrative threatens to go off the rails, Park Chan-wook's fluid camerawork…

  • Joint Security Area

    Joint Security Area

    Park Chan-wook's Joint Security Area really gets at the heart of the pointlessness of war. The broader aspects of JSA are steeped in political intrigue and the generational battle between North and South Korea. However, distilled down to it's very basic roots, JSA is a tragicomedy about forbidden friendship. Boasting knockout work from Korean superstars Song Kang-ho and Lee Byung-hun, you feel every emotion in this film because you genuinely care about the characters and their relationship with one another.…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Illogically plotted, empty, and ultimately offering nothing new to say about Star Wars, the supposed “finale” to the Skywalker saga is a truly disappointing experience.

    I will say this immediately that I am an unabashed fan of what Rian Johnson did in The Last Jedi. This film certainly takes a hard U-turn from that film, but that isn’t even the biggest issue for me. I’m okay with JJ doing something different. That’s his artistic right as a filmmaker. However, he…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★★

    Rian Johnson continues to prove himself as one of our generation's most confident and original filmmakers. Thrilling, funny, and thoroughly unpredictable, Knives Out is a blast at the movies. Johnson is especially adept at making genre films that pay respect to established traditions while also subverting tropes to deliver something fresh and unexpected.

    Expertly written, impeccably directed, and featuring an A-List cast at their most fun and unrestrained. Toni Collette, Chris Evans, and obviously Daniel Craig stand out. However, it's…