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  • The Congress

    The Congress

    ★★½

    I found the live action first act to be a bit off, but largely a very interesting exploration of the consequences of what is now a serious issue. Once it switches to animation after the time jump, it just becomes a jumble of ideas with no real aim and nothing to latch onto. I found myself very bored when I wasn't frustrated.

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Even better the second time around, bumping it up to a perfect five. The ending works perfectly for me now: the capitalist system means people in poverty see imitating those who keep them down as they only way to better themselves.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A deeply unsatisfying end to both the trilogy and the Skywalker saga.

    (HEAVY SPOILERS)

    WHAT I LIKED

    –I was hit emotionally by a lot of the nostalgia bombs aimed directly at me (Chewie's reaction to Leia's death, Chewie getting his medal, anything around Leia, the Jedi voices, etc.)

    –Keri Russell's character was a welcome addition to the cast, with a cool costume design to boot, even if her main purpose is to ensure we know that Poe is heterosexual (boo).…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Is it more tragic or less tragic because they know what is going to happen to them, and they’re powerless to stop it?”
    I was worried that the power of the film wouldn’t hold up as much on a second viewing, when the shocks are expected, but that wasn’t the case at all. It wasn’t as surprising as the first time, but it was just as scary, and actually more interesting the second go round.