Sunil

I took a film class in high school AND college so you can trust me when I tell you the greatest movie of all time is Shoot 'Em Up.

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  • Night of the Kings

    Night of the Kings

    ★★★

    I was intrigued by all the hype for Night of the Kings, which I thought I might like since it sounded like an ode to storytelling. But, alas, arthouse gonna arthouse, and this was not at all the film I was expecting, and I found it less than riveting. Ivorian writer-director Philippe Lacôte takes us inside a fictionalized version of MACA Prison, but since I know very little about the Ivory Coast and its prisons, I could not appreciate what…

  • Bringing Out the Dead

    Bringing Out the Dead

    ★★★★

    I knew I would like Bringing Out the Dead from the frenetic opening credits that intercut wild shots of flashing ambulance lights and close-ups of Nicolas Cage's eyes, signaling that this was gonna be a Martin Scorsese movie with that post-Goodfellas energy. And, indeed, there's plenty of kinetic camera movement here as we follow paramedic Nicolas Cage on his New York night shifts. Long takes convey the tension and chaos of getting to a scene to find a patient at…

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  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    I had such a wonderful time seeing One Cut of the Dead in a theater with strangers I honestly feel a little sad that most people will only get to experience this utterly delightful film at home on Shudder. It kicks off with an increasingly impressive 37-minute long take during which we watch the making of a zombie film in a creepy abandoned water filtration plant. If you guessed that this film crew encounters REAL ZOMBIES...yes, you're very smart. Shut…

  • In The Heights

    In The Heights

    ★★★★★

    I saw a stage production of In the Heights a few years ago and really liked it, but I fucking LOVED the film adaptation. Halfway through the opening number, I was already in tears, overwhelmed by the EVERYTHING it was doing such that I felt I could write a thousand words on it alone. When the motherfucking title dropped, the audience burst into applause, and it was not the last time the movie theater clapped at the end of a…