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  • Widows

    Widows

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

    Widows paints such a complete picture of corruption that I found it almost oppressive or nihilistic. But, there are still characters doing their best to move beyond their circumstances, so it's not completely hopeless.

    Even though I do think it's kind of oppressive, it's so effective because it's so well made in every aspect. It almost feels like it's better than it needs to be in a weird way with lots of interesting cinematography and use of audio that feels like icing on top of a core of solid performances and writing.

  • First Man

    First Man

    I had to give this one a few days. I have a strong bias against biopics and other "based on a true story" films. It's that feeling you get when you find out something was fabricated to give the story a better narrative. I don't like that feeling even though everything in a completely fictional film exists for that same purpose. That bias means that I watch films like this at a distance, with a degree of scepticism, which ironically…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    This is actually my first David Lynch. Obviously he’s been on my list for a while, but I just never got around to it.

    Was this a good place to start? It’s hard to tell.

    I’m not sure if I liked it or not. It’s difficult to tell because it felt like it was in a different language. It felt like there was intention, but I didn’t have the right vocabulary. In some ways it felt like 8 1/2, but…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

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

    The cinematography is right in front of you, but in some ways it’s the sound design that really sets this experience apart.

    Often in the film there is action happening on two planes. And there is layered audio to match. Other times there isn’t even a foreground/background and instead it’s a jumble that we’re meant to sort through ourselves. Again, the sound backs that up. It ends up being a really immersive experience.

    When looking at the themes of the…