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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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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★½

    “It's Halloween; everyone's entitled to one good scare.”


    INITAL THOUGHTS

    Apart from the horribly choppy and at times cringeworthy acting this film is pretty fantastic. Outstanding direction, tone, music, etc. Can’t wait to see more Carpenter films.

    92/100
    Would Recommend!

  • Ben & Arthur

    Ben & Arthur

    ½

    “DAMMIT ARTHUR!”

    The Good:
    I’m not going to lie, Armchair and I laughed at a lot of moments throughout the film. To say it was a joyless experience would be a lie. Perhaps I would’ve enjoyed it less if I watched it alone.

    Honestly the pacing was tight and it didn’t waste any time.

    The Bad:
    Ben & Arthur presents its characters horribly, every member of the Church and every member of the LGBT community as these surface level caricatures. The…

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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    “The Eagle has landed.”

    The Good:
    First Man has an absolutely perfect score, it’s so phenomenal. It’s such a versatile and gorgeous, it’s by far one of the best scores ever. It makes the experience all the more enthralling. 

    Aside from the terrible handheld portions, Chazelle’s direction is absolutely incredible. It evokes this sense of anxiety and fear that Armstrong was certainly feeling. He is definitely one of the best up and coming directors, and can’t wait to see more…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    “Maybe it’s time to let the old ways die”

    The Good:
    A Star is Born (2018) is film that genuinely surprised me and was not at all what I was expecting. 

    A Star is Born (2018) is an unflinching and brutal character study of this damaged person and his futile attempts to try and escape his pain and his relationship with a singer he meets. A Star is Born (2018) takes so many risks and I was so excited to…