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  • Blaze

    Blaze

    ★★★★

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

    Why it got 4 stars:
    - A few minor casting and plot issues aside, Blaze is a beautiful, well-crafted tribute to an artist most people don’t know existed. Hawke proves himself to be an imaginative director.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - Speaking of Hawke’s direction, he is effective at building suspense in Blaze. As I said at the beginning of the review, we find out in the first ten…

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★

    Why it got 4 stars:
    - What The Miseducation of Cameron Post excels at is a quiet, understated tone throughout the entire movie. It's equal parts funny and moving, with an ending that is hopeful, but at the same time acknowledges the precarious situation kids like Cameron, Jane, and Adam are forced to navigate.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - The first time we see Reverend Rick, he's playing his…

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    Why it got 4.5 stars:
    - This is one of those movie-going experiences where I left feeling very different than when I arrived. American Honey is a sprawling, messy ride; one I was delighted to take.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - One subject I didn't tackle in my review is cultural appropriation. As a white guy, I don't feel qualified to speak for people of color about how white…

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★½

    Legendary filmmaker Howard Hawks’ definition of what makes a “good movie” was pretty simple: “Three great scenes, no bad ones.” By that definition, director Richard Linklater’s new movie, Everybody Wants Some, comes close. There are no bad scenes, but by my count there are only two great ones. Linklater himself has been quoted as saying the movie is a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 near-classic* film Dazed and Confused, so it’s instructive to compare the two.

    Everybody Wants Some doesn’t…