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Aspiring screenwriter/director. Emphasis on the aspiring.

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  • 2020 (A 1917 Parody)

    2020 (A 1917 Parody)

    ★★★★

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

    I enjoyed this way more than I expected. Fan films are a mixed bag, but the adherence to the story structure of 1917 and the fact that it looks like one continuous shot places this one above most. Plus, all the actors are really solid and the jokes generally land. The way that most of the major events of 2020 are integrated into this less than twenty minute film is great. My main issue is that the end of the…

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    Meshes of the Afternoon

    ★★½

    Some films challenge my understanding of narrative through inventive storytelling and unusual filmmaking choices. Other times, they just challenge me. This film fits into the latter category. Yes, I understand that this is a critically acclaimed film, with decades of analysis surrounding it. However, I derived no enjoyment and only have a vague appreciation for it. I personally can only take so much experimentation in a film, and this movie took me to the limits of that. It's not for me.

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  • Within the Woods

    Within the Woods

    ★★★

    Despite definitely suffering from the trappings of a low budget and a first-time filmmaker, this film is still fairly effective. The audiovisual quality of the short is not good, but that's really just a matter of the VHS transfer. The acting isn't amazing, although it was funny to see Bruce Campbell play a nerd. Sam Raimi's directorial acumen is evident here, with interesting cinematography and other filmmaking decisions. The makeup and gore effects are very good. Bruce Campbell is believably…

  • The Social Network

    The Social Network

    ★★★★½

    Totally worthy of its position on the list of greatest films of the twenty-first century. It captures the un-aging story of friendship and betrayal but in a thoroughly modern way. The unique combination of David Fincher's stylistic direction and Aaron Sorkin's fast-talking screenplay is a recipe for success. Despite being an overall well-made/well-produced film, it's ultimately the story and acting that are the main reasons to watch the film. Jesse Eisenberg is perfectly cast as this film's version of Mark…