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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    I love this film a little bit more every time I see it. The way it was shot so meticulously, makes the world feel very lived-in and authentic even though you are only able to see it through a small window. Everything from the set design and practical effects to the moody soundtrack and lighting. Ridley Scott uses every one of these to foreshadow the climax.

    Blade Runner is a film that continues to inspire and surprise me after repeat viewings, and it is a poetic story that offers a plethora of themes to chew on long after the credits roll.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    Wow. This was certainly an experience. I was left speechless for several minutes after the credits rolled while I digested the film's complexities. Annihilation does something very few films are able to do, which is have faith in its' audience's ability to comprehend complex themes and piece together its' clues. It leaves the viewer wanting more, but it doesn't withhold any integral substance; a fine line many films fail to walk. All the while mesmerizing you with incredible visuals and…

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  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

    Been busy the last week or so, moving in to my new place. Felt only natural to christen it with a Lebowski viewing. The more I watch this film, the more layers I peel back. It's a stoner comedy, a satire of classic noir, and a philosophical study all rolled into one. Each time I watch it is a slightly different experience. The nuanced performances, the hilarious writing, the trippy camerawork, and the outstanding soundtrack all come together to from something special, I can never quite explain it. It's my palate cleanser.

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    Some directors are known for their signature style, or common thematic elements. And while Spielberg has his fair share of those, the one thing I associate him with is the way he crafts a story. There's not another director who can take you on an adventure like Spielberg can. He consistently builds these surreal worlds that makes you feel as if you're part of the journey. His films always feel a little bit larger than life, but not so much…

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Undoubtedly, Empire is my favorite. It takes all the things that are great about the first film and capitalizes on them. There's a ton of great action, and the tone is perfect. As Luke goes along the path set before him, he encounters difficulty and frustration in a way that's unique and true to his character. Luke's journey through the film is one we don't see enough of. It's okay for heroes to fail. We need to see that sometimes…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Ari, what the fuck happened to you as a child?

    Hereditary will make your dysfunctional family look like the holy fucking trinity. And I'm not at all religious (just spiritual), but y'all need Jesus out here. Like if Rosemary's Baby had a whole family. But seriously, the way Aster slowly builds tension across the film is masterfully done, and when it boiled over I was speechless. Speechless because all I felt was sheer terror. On a lighter note though, the…