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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    “The important thing is the effort, not what we achieve.”

    The Good:
    Persona’s subtext is so complex and has layers and layers of themes that became just the bit more clear to me on my second watch. The rich and developed themes of personality, sexuality, motherhood, and art make Persona a completely special experience. The deep and rooted emotions that Persona soaks in are are absolutely wonderful. Bergman spoils aspects of the film throughout using quick cuts and splices, that…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★★

    “The end is built into the beginning.”

    The Good:
    A perfect script, I would 100% defend Synecdoche, New York as having a flawless script. The complex and rich themes are some I would absolutely love to dissect and most likely will on a rewatch, which will happen soon. Death, the human condition, individuality, what we mean to others, and time are all prevalent in Synecdoche, New York. This is a film I will never forget. I love how Charlie Kaufman…

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  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★★

    "Nobody trusts anybody now, and we're all very tired."

    The Good:
    The Thing (1982) is no doubt a technical marvel. John Carpenter is a masterful director and The Thing (1982) is a culmination of all of his phenomenal techniques. Carpenter plants subtle little clues and doesn’t give away too much too soon. The hysterical camerawork was anxiety inducing; I could feel my heart pounding in my chest as the camera flew through the puzzling hallways giving me this claustrophobic feeling.…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    “Growing up can be a little bit scary and weird.”
    INITAL REVIEW

    Eighth Grade is just as heartfelt, well-performed and well-written as I remembered. The film hits incredibly close to home and feels so genuinely authentic. I absolutely love Kayla and how her videos are so thoughtful and great yet she can’t follow her own advice. On an unrelated note Emily Robinson is one my new celebrity crushes and she kills it in this film. 

    Fun Fact:
    Filming began one week after actress Elsie Fisher graduated eighth grade.

    81/100
    Would Recommend!

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    “It's comforting to think the dead are watching over the living. I don't find that spooky at all.”

    FILM CLUB SCREENING #2
    PREVIOUS REVIEW 
    Still one of the most gorgeous pieces of art I’ve ever seen. I was planning to screen Eraserhead today for Film Club but unfortunately my hard drive died the night before so, I picked this off my Vudu. 

    Phantom Thread is beautifully shot, wonderfully written, brilliantly composed and masterfully performed. Paul Thomas Anderson makes yet another…

  • La Haine

    La Haine

    ★★★★½

    “Who's the asshole? If you have stayed in school, you'd know that hate breeds hate, Vinz.”

    The Good:
    La Haine is a gorgeously shot and directed film from start to finish. The beautiful silhouettes and fluid and transcendent direction was masterful. 

    La Haine is a testament to extreme realism. The projects of France feel so real and lived in in this film. The dialogue is realistic and the setting is very genuine. The performances also lend to the realism, Vinz,…