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  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★

    There are things to like about this movie. It has three central themes: feminism, freedom of the press, and moral leadership. What's not to like, right? Well, this is probably the most Oscar-baiting movie since The Blindside or The Help. It tries too hard to draw parallels with our current political situation and takes Spielberg-style cloying to a whole new level towards the end of the movie. The sanctimonious monologues given towards the end, accompanied by triumphant, self-righteous music, were…

  • Clear and Present Danger

    Clear and Present Danger

    ★★½

    Despite its awful politics and sanctimonious tone, this is a reasonably well executed espionage thriller. The guy who played Not Pablo Escobar sucked though.

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  • Memento

    Memento

    ½

    Christopher Nolan wants to mindf*ck all of us. He doesn't want to do anything else, actually. Characters are only tools used to mess with our expectations/explain what shouldn't be explained. The only goal of his films is to confound his audience and thus convince them of his genius. I have come to these conclusions after having watched all of his major releases: The Prestige, the Batman trilogy, Inception, and lastly, Memento. I had supposedly saved the best for last—all of…

  • The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter

    ★★½

    I was hoping this film would be better. It failed to justify its length, unnecessarily extending the scenes in America and only showing short sequences of Vietnam. I didn't want to see Michael (Robert De Niro) and his buddies messing around at a wedding for an hour. While I understand that Cimino wants us to gain an understanding of the characters before they leave, as it turns out, there isn't much to understand: Michael's friends are really annoying ("Fuckin' A")…