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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Peak cinema is when the Safdie brothers directed Adam Sandler to look at a rock and say “Holy shit I’m gonna cum.”

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    I’d argue this is Tarantino at his most vulnerable. It’s certainly a more mature take than his other movies, and he’s supposedly at the twilight of his career. He detaches most of his classic tropes fans are used to appreciate, creating something that differs from usual expectations.

    Yet it is still true to his identity. It’s slow and laidback, offering for sincere moments to breathe in the atmosphere and get sucked into Hollywood’s 1969. In most of his films he…

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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★½

    What type of audacity does the Academy have to continually be refusing to acknowledge and praise the performances of Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon? Their credibility is hanging by a thread.

  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★★

    Definitely one of the best holocaust movies out there. Adrien Brody’s nuanced and gaunt performance left me speechless and still makes me feel that way. The impressive set design and passionately-acted extras show that The Pianist isn’t hesitant to bring up the brutal sufferings of innocent lives. Yet, it does this in a powerful and purposeful way, and not for the sake of a cheap thrill for the audience.

    Władysław Szpilman was not a hero nor a fighter, but a survivor.…

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  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★

    By default, Enemy is greater than most movies because it features Jake Gyllenhaal twice. Of course, it delivers much more. While this might be Denis Villeneuve’s least accessible film, it’s the type of film I love and appreciate the most: it promotes discussion. It’s confusing for sure, but it certainly leaves enough information to guide the audience to a logical interpretation. The descriptive writing, detailed sceneries, and spider imageries all give a sensible meaning to the point of the film.

    Like most…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    It’s a little challenging to review this without getting into spoiler territory, but I’ll try my best. 

    Under the Skin is a truly dense and compelling movie. I guess it isn’t necessarily for everyone, but as a mixed genre between science fiction and arthouse horror, this movie was practically made for me. Its cinematography is impeccably polished and eerily off-putting to the extent that certain images become nightmarishly indelible. The score only further complements and enhances this experience; I can’t…