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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Few films this year have come close to reaching the level of empathy and compassion conveyed throughout Darius Marder’s Sound of Metal. Having only heard about this film a short while ago, I didn’t have too many expectations, but it certainly fulfilled and exceeded any hype I had heard prior. 

    Riz Ahmed gives his best performance ever, conveying powerful emotion through both spoken and signed dialogue. If he doesn’t get an Oscar nomination, it’d be an inexcusable shame. Olivia Cooke compliments…

  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★½

    One of my most anticipated films of 2020 was not necessarily a let-down, but fell a bit short of my expectations. Mank is still a marvel to the eyes, with stunning black and white cinematography, well-constructed set designs, and top notch sound design reminiscent of classic cinema and all its echoey, crackly joys. The score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, while not nearly superior to their work in The Social Network, still ties the film up with a nice bow.…

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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    The first half of this film is pure movie magic. The second half is a bitter, cold glance of reality. Both parts are effective and touching in their own ways. There is so much to admire in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut especially with the close ups he uses to frame himself and his other actors. His performance is a nuanced one, and plays beautifully with Lady Gaga’s performance. Gaga is just as incredible as you’d expect. Her voice just shatters…

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    Dylan’s 31 Days of Halloween 

    Haunting, atmospheric, marvelous filmmaking. John Carpenter’s classic is annual viewing for me, always will be, for it delivers in every single aspect. The film is meticulously crafted, but doesn’t overtly show it. From its first shot with Carpenter’s chilling theme music kicking in, I am immediately drawn in, and have been for years now. It holds up, it never lets up, and it remains one of the most iconic and important landmarks of the horror…