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  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★

    Back in the day, I can certainly understand how and why the film was criticized as much as it was for diverting from the established norm of Neorealism – especially from Fellini's own mentor of course, Rossellini. Nowadays however, equipped with complete hindsight, I do not believe that neither crop of Italian postwar cinema was objectively better than the other and that preferences – like all art – mainly derive from personal taste. With that said, I do however prefer…

  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton

    ★★½

    "History is written by the victors" is a popular proverb that applies loosely yet definitively for Straight Outta Compton, and I believe, the integral key to understanding the film. The project is spearheaded by not only the remaining significant members of the N.W.A., but importantly, some of the most prominent POC (or otherwise) figures in the entertainment industry with billionaire Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (whose studio serves as one of the film's production companies). This contextualization makes sense of…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★½

    Systemically, there are two precursory tenets that importantly inform anyone's (and everyone's) opinion going into Avengers: Infinity War, which is: the degree of their fanhood or investment and the level of contextual awareness for Avengers # Four. Personally, I am not an MCU fan and have skipped the recent releases in theaters. However, I was fully on board with buying into giving this one a shot and was properly prepared – meaning that I was wholly conscious of the fact…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★½

    The complaints against this film are just as telling and predictable as the film itself. 'Professional critics' and 'cinephiles' alike are quick to point out the fact that this film is the culmination of "10 years of 18 movies" – as if to say "Look how long we've let this shit go on!" – yet they still have not learned a damn thing. Worst of all, I actually care about some of these people's opinions, so that when many of…