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  • Yentl

    Yentl

    Yentl is even better upon second viewing. It's remarkably progressive for its time, dealing with themes of gender equality, homosexuality, faith and Jewish traditions and values. What I love about it is that it's an entertainment first. Streisand sees Yentl's choice to disguise herself as a man as a premise with a lot of comedic opportunity. The humor is not at the expense of the character's emotions, rather the uncomfortable circumstances she finds herself in among a male dominated world.…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This was one of those formative movies that just completely captured my imagination and awakened a sense of fun and adventure within me. I would watch this and the sequels so frequently that I would mimic all of Indy's actions, like he was casting a toddler shadow outside of the TV. Watching it was an emotional roller coaster. It so thrilling I couldn't look away, yet so terrifying I had to cover my eyes. I can track my maturity level…

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    After the barrage of kids movie trailers before the film, it set in very potently that I was not the target audience for this film. Admittedly, my motive to see it was morbid curiosity considering the whole redesign controversy. Even if they kept the old design, it would have been the least of the film's problems.
    They use a "fish out of water" gimmick that's been so done to death. It generated such little excitement and enthusiasm about this iconic…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is complete mastery of tone and atmosphere. The isolation, the quiet awkward tone throughout the film. It's so unsettling. Even before the madness sets in, no one communicates in a realistic way. The job interview for example is so creepily proper and formal, like everyone has this thin veil of sanity masking their true selves.
    It never over explains whats happening which makes a lot of scenes unsettling for their ambiguity. None of the characters really have an understanding…

  • Batman Forever

    Batman Forever

    It's hard to describe my relationship with this movie. Its to the point now where me and my best friend are just freeze framing every shot searching for things we haven't noticed before. Speaking of which, did you know Batman made it to the cover of "Persons" magazine?
    The production design is just outstanding in this. Barbara Ling did a great job decorating the villain quarters and designing a memorable neon-art deco Gotham City. During our freeze frame analysis we…

  • The War of the Worlds

    The War of the Worlds

    Wow, a disaster film where the townspeople actually heed the cautions from the scientists! That's a pretty novel idea, especially today.
    War of the Worlds is a staple 1950s sci-fi film. From the opening shots, it feels very much like a fairy tale: this planet was too cold, this planet was too hot, but Earth was juuust right. All of the matte paintings of the different planets in the cosmos were gorgeous. In fact, the whole film is a joy to look…

  • The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

    The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Johnathan's life and career are documented only in part. Instead, Berman obsesses over uncovering the truth of Johnathan's narrative, what is fact and what is an act. Because of the distance and obstacles Johnathan seemed to throw at Berman, it becomes more of a film about filmmaking. Getting a behind the scenes glimpse at all of the odd problems and unforeseen circumstances that arise when trying to tell a simple story. Of course I would have liked to have seen more of…

  • Steel

    Steel

    Shaq Diesel stars as Steel, a cross between Superman, Iron Man and John Henry. A movie like this is pretty novel nowadays. It's such a hokey attempt at a superhero film, not at all up to the standard of what comic book movies are like now. That's what makes it a fun watch. It's light and silly. Shaq is actually a pretty charismatic presence on screen, he comes across very comfortable and natural.
    The theme song, Steel Yourself by Marvin Winans, is so goddamn good.

  • GoodFellas

    GoodFellas

    Probably the most watchable movie of all time. I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen it, I pretty much know the whole movie front to back It never fails to just fully absorb me.
    Bit of a Mandela effect though. I thought there were at least a few scenes where Pesci goes “You mudduhfucka you!” Never did that once. Maybe I’m mixing it up with Casino?

  • The Fall

    The Fall

    Glazer is one of my favorite filmmakers working today and this short is a brief example of why. It's so precise and terrifying. He's able to conjure these otherworldly, surreal scenarios so vividly.
    The sound of climbing continuing into the credits was so incredibly unsettling.

  • WHAT DID JACK DO?

    WHAT DID JACK DO?

    It's a David Lynch bizarro noir with a monkey and a chicken.
    In other words, it's great.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Here's the thing. Yes, I was disappointed with how this one turned out. Yes, most of my two hour conversation with my buddy after it was over was picking apart all the things we disliked. I pretty much rank this as my least favorite Star Wars film right next to Attack of the Clones.
    But, it's still Star Wars. Even the mediocre ones are so much fun to talk about. The fact that I still passionately care about this series…