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  • Remember the Titans

    Remember the Titans


    This film is very watchable, predictable, and manipulative. This does not take away from the film's charm. However, it is far too reductive in its portrayal of race relations and puts a bit too much faith in football for my taste. Everyone performs well and it all feels heartfelt, but it is also all a bit too tidy and cue the swelling music.

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High


    The film that started the high school, mall culture, sex, drugs, and fast-food jobs narratives. Now these films are plentiful, but Heckerling nailed this culture! This film still stands as an original and the Go-Go's in the background pulse through this film. The reverberations of this film and how it shifted teen culture is still seen, Stranger Things Season 3 anyone?

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4


    Wow...they just keep going in directions that you do not anticipate. This feels like the most existential Toy Story film yet and that is a wholehearted endorsement. The complexity of what it means to be "alive" and what you do with that time is entertaining to witness. Per usual and to no one's surprise Keanu Reeves steals it as do Key and Peele. I do not anticipate a sequel mostly because I do not know how you could have a sequel to anyone's satisfaction having left this film in the state it is. A beautiful ending to a gorgeous ride.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire


    A beautiful film focusing on a relationship between two women during a multi-layered and complex time. The film does a subtle job of interweaving class into its narrative and you are well aware of the privilege and similarly the traps that these women feel they need to navigate. I appreciate the lack of male gaze in this film which should merit a 5 on its own, however I was not taken by this film emotionally. It did not reach me,…