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  • The Fugitive

    The Fugitive

    ★★★★

    Just a great 90s action thriller. Exemplary storytelling that really kept me engaged as it puts our main protagonist in quite a bind. It's also aided by really good performances from Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Starts off really strong and while it doesn't maintain that level all the way through, it was entertaining and well worth a watch. Plus, I now know where that common "I don't care" gif comes from.

  • Aloha

    Aloha

    ★½

    I'm a fan of Emma Stone, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention how terribly miscast she was. Having her character, Allison Ng, over explain that she is one quarter Chinese and one quarter Hawaiian just made it worse.

    A movie headlined by a big name cast that yielded weak results. This felt like it didn't have a sense of direction most of the time. Everything involving Bill Murray's character and the launch of a satellite just didn't work at all. It's an unfortunate misfire.

  • Laurel Canyon

    Laurel Canyon

    ★★★½

    Imagine Christian Bale as your psychiatrist. There's a lot of fanfic potential there. 

    This was actually much better than I thought. It's well directed by Lisa Cholodenko, has a great cast and some good music. It's observations of a well-to-do "textbook" couple beginning to expand their horizons and confront feelings that are foreign to them are for the most part done well. Though with a more polished script, I think this could've been great. I did also want a bit more from the ending.

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★

    Early on I knew this wasn't going to be for me. The drama felt dead on arrival and the naval jargon certainly didn't liven things up. I think it took way too long establishing the main plot and for that reason, the movie felt excruciatingly long. As for the score, most of the time it was either nonexistent or extremely grating with its choice of music. It was nice seeing an older Sean Connery, but yeah I didn't get much out of this.

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    ★★★★

    Another work of genius from Charlie Chaplin. It still amazes me that he's directed, produced, written, starred and even composed for not only this film but so many others in his celebrated filmography.

    Very entertaining from start to finish as we see Chaplin perform his signature slapstick. So many moments where I was marveled at his performance, the timing and visual gags were impeccable. Not my favourite film of his but it was certainly an enjoyable experience.

  • Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    ★★★★

    Really enjoyed this standup special from Aziz Ansari. Not only did it manage to make me laugh but it also got introspective, which is something I don't expect at all with comedy specials. Really felt like it came from the heart. Not to mention it's well directed (come back to film, Spike Jonze). I know Ansari may be a polarizing individual for some, but I'm happy to see that he's moved on and hopefully keeps getting better going forward.

  • After the Wedding

    After the Wedding

    ★★½

    Haven't seen the Danish film this is a remake of so I can't compare. This really gets by thanks in large part to the performances of Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup, who all get the job done as expected. While some of the revelations sparked engagement in the film, the stale direction and slow pace prevented it from being something memorable.

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★½

    As warm and fuzzy as Totoro and Catbus.

    Very wholesome and magical tale of familial love and discovery. It was such a pleasure and delight revisiting this. I forgot how good the music was!

  • The King of Staten Island

    The King of Staten Island

    ★★★★

    Strongest work I've seen from Judd Apatow. I think the fact that this was in parts a personal story made it feel much more relatable than the straight comedies he's known for. This is the first starring role I've seen from Pete Davidson and the guy deserves praise. Even though he's basically playing himself, I never felt that to be an issue. It's a fully fleshed out character and the film does a great job navigating through various life problems.

  • I Lost My Body

    I Lost My Body

    ★★★

    That hand needs a thorough wash more than anything.

    Unique, contemplative and subtle, I just wish I was more invested in the story. I loved the way the narrative was structured and how it all came together near the end. My favourite aspect was the music, so beautiful.

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★★★★★

    "The world's crazy. Always has been, always will be." 

    There's no one doing it like Makoto Shinkai right now, a true visionary. Yet another highly ambitious original film combining coming of age drama, romance and fantasy. It's a personal story focusing on two youths but at the same time feels so large in scope. Definitely not for everyone, but this was right up my alley and unsurprisingly it brought out the feels. No words can do the animation justice, so…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★

    "Go ahead and finish your meal."

    Holds up very well on rewatch and I love how the best parts aren't the action sequences. I think that's when you know there's more to it than it being just another action-thriller. Sure-handed direction, visually arresting cinematography, an ominous score and great performances especially from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro all make this a captivating film worthy of the praise it's gotten.

    Del Toro as Alejandro is my favourite aspect. Perfectly cast and the way they play up the mysterious factor throughout till the very end is utter brilliance.