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  • The Hurt Locker

    The Hurt Locker

    ★★★★½

    I haven’t seen this since 2009, but damn if Bigelow’s direction and the three lead performances aren’t impressive still. 

    This might be the pinnacle of Bigelow’s exploration of American masculinity and how ingrained it is in our culture, and she knows exactly how to strip it away and show what can lie beneath the bravado and the testosterone.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    Doing this as part of a Chalamet retrospective and damn if it isn’t incredible how much he sinks into the young Casey Affleck character with his brief screen time. 

    As a whole this continues to grow on me as a great hybrid of hard sci-if and the humane, and probably my favorite Zimmer score for a Nolan picture.

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  • Sleepy Hollow

    Sleepy Hollow

    ★★★★

    It’s been about ten years since I last saw this and the aesthetics that I loved back then are still as pleasing now. 

    There are some distinctly Burton moments, but especially in the context of watching his filmography in chronological order this is a clear departure for him. I think having Lubezki as DP is probably a huge factor because his presence honestly feels more discernible than Burtons. 

    This is another example of a Depp performance that still manages to…

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale

    ★★★★★

    I love Riverdale because it is campy and trashy and doesn’t try to feel logical or like anything is actually real. 

    What The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is doing throughout its first season and especially in this special episode is showing that despite being in an even less realistic world than Riverdale it can still tell stories that have actual emotional resonance. The work being done on the Sabrina/Harvey relationship is so honest and heartbreaking. It is the ship that a fandom deserves because unlike Bughead or Varchie it actually feels like Sabrina and Harvey have a relationship that is based in truth.

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    I cried when Frodo volunteered to be the bearer of the One. I cried when Gandalf died. I cried when Boromir died. I cried when Sam almost drowned trying to get to Frodo. 


    The exceedingly  beautiful imagery, the iconic score, and performances that the actors make appear effortless. 


    Still probably my favorite of the trilogy.

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    This is the moment you speak to someone in a language that protects you from the judgment of the world.

    This is the moment you teeter on the edge of a touch that could be friendly and could be something more.

    This is the moment you lay in the same bed as someone and realize for the first time you feel a genuine connection with another human being.

    This is the first time you revel in your ability to deceive…