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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation


    A tragedy to some, poetic justice to others; there is a rich irony to the life of D. W. Griffith. After all, he is the primordial American auteur and, perhaps, the most important filmmaker of all time. Griffith was the innovator, fundamental in establishing and formalizing the core syntax of film-making. He is the man who translated the maladroit medium of film into the commercially viable art form that it is today. Griffith himself became a celebrity and his films…

  • New Rose Hotel

    New Rose Hotel


    Loved the hell out of this one, so much so that I was willing to forgo my Griffith streak to write a long-winded blurb about this deliciously perfect imperfection. Abel Ferrara has won me over; New Rose Hotel, for all of its many blemishes, is a truly ingenious film with one of the most distinct and singular visions in contemporary science-fiction (hardly recent, but Ferrara effectively eviscerates the sum of releases from the past two decades). New Rose Hotel belongs…

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  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street


    Credit where credit is due: The Wolf of Wall Street is hardly the type of picture that I would have imagined a late-period Scorsese joint to be; it is, for all intensive purposes, a film that is bustling with the energy of a young man. At the ripe old age of 71, one would imagine ol'Marty making films that are more somber and meditative in tone, in tune with his ensuing films of Silence or The Irishman. He made those…

  • War of the Worlds

    War of the Worlds


    Half of a masterpiece might be the best way to put it, that or the world's finest tech demo. I have a love-hate relationship with Steven Spielberg's iteration of War of the Worlds; this is a brilliant film marred by unnecessary Hollywood customs⁠—a film that, with a few cuts here and there, could have easily placed among Jaws and Raiders of the Lost Ark as one of Spielberg's best. Still, contentions and all, the positive largely outweighs the negative.


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  • Midsommar



    Ari Aster's brand of shock horror eludes me, many have cited Aster to the effect of a baseless provocateur or a master of empty pastiches—his films mean nothing, while the best aspects are generally borrowed assets—and in the case of Midsommar, both of those labels apply.

    Midsommar, according to Aster, is meant to simulate the experience of a toxic relationship, specifically his own—Aster drew parallels from a past relationship, modeling Florence Pugh's character after himself, Jack Reynor's role after his…

  • Parasite



    **Outdated (?) review**

    I revisited Hitchcock's Vertigo a few days prior to my initial viewing of Parasite—pairing the master of mise-en-scène with the newly lauded Palme d'Or winner was a valuable coincidence. With Hitchcock fresh in mind, Bong Joon-ho’s masterful blocking skills were more transparent than ever—often reminiscent of the classic English director. Bong's talent is on full display in Parasite, possibly at the top of his game. His direction is sleek and effective, efficiently maximizing components of mise-en-scène, whilst…