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  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★½

    Huh, ended up enjoying this one way more than I thought I would. 

    It’s got pacing issues for sure, it still has that feeling of being hastily cobbled together from other projects, and aside from one or two song choices the soundtrack is pretty awful. But the characters are fun and memorable, the villains are legitimately scary, the script is well put together, and the performances are great across the board. Particular standouts are Huntress, Black Mask, and of course…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I actually saw this again a day or two ago but somehow forgot to say anything? And I don’t know how because this movie is perfect? 

    Like honestly, incredible practical effects and action, a thematically dense story populated by well developed characters, and world building so effortless you don’t even realize it’s happening. And EVEN THEN, the editing, color correction, cinematography, almost all the major technical aspects of this movie are just incredible. 

    Rarely does a movie like this come…

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  • The Sharks

    The Sharks

    ★★★½

    The last of my Sundance viewings, and while it wasn’t a whimper that the week ended on, I’d hardly call it a bang either.

    For a directorial debut this movie is incredibly precise, with great cinematography and performances abound. It is, however, incredibly slow, and while I don’t like complaining about a movie being slow it was particularly egregious here. Also unless it’s part of a greater metaphor I’m just not getting, the Sharks themselves felt almost inconsequential. 

    That being…

  • Luce

    Luce

    ★★★★★

    An incredibly powerful and intense story about privilege and perception. It’s a real rorshach test of a film - it asks the audience to draw their own conclusions almost unconsciously and it’s not until the end that you realize it. I know that’s vague but I’m trying hard not to spoil anything. Absolutely fantastic and I was honored to be in the room during the q@a with Director Julius Onah - his answers showed just how much work and thought went into this.