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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    “Cross the room if you’ve ever not gotten along with your family members sometimes.”

    A great crime thriller, a great New York City movie, a great “all in one day” movie, and a great piece of neorealist filmmaking. Good Time is the movie that cemented the Safdies as filmmakers to keep a close eye on in Hollywood, and it’s easy to see why. People had already seen the work they could accomplish with guerrilla filmmaking & extremely small budgets, but Good Time…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    One of the funniest, most poignant & honest coming of age movies I’ve ever seen.

    The first time I saw this film, I was 17 and I related significantly to Lady Bird’s angsty longing to get out of her hometown and start a “real” life. When I watched it again, it was after my first year of college. I saw the film at home, with my mom. I loved it even more and I had a completely different experience with the…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    “Remember, what makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man.” 

    It is crazy to me that we’re in a year where Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War came out and this Sony animated film is the best superhero movie I’ve seen in 2018. It’s difficult to collect my rambling thoughts about how much I loved this film so this review won’t be very analytical. 

    Everything about this movie was so fresh, beautiful, and fun. The story was suprisingly mature for…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    “Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It’s called manslaughter.” 

    Tarantino has done it again. Every component from cinematography, lighting, soundtrack, direction, editing, writing, pacing, tone, and especially the acting is totally phenomenal. This was my first time seeing a Tarantino film in theaters and that was such a lovely experience. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt should really just get a joint Oscar for this one, their chemistry is perfect and each of them is so…