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  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin


    "I've had nightmares that make more sense than this."

    The lack of Russian ethnicity in the cast not only works well dramatically (as funny as it would be to hear Buscemi's Russian accent), but also thematically. It serves as a reflection on the current state of the West, that we are not that much different today with the distrust, narratives, biases, and fake news seemingly permeating all controversial political and social issues. It's a warning against mob mentality. It also happens to be bitingly funny.

  • 8 Mile

    8 Mile


    Torn between an almost Linklater-esque documentary and plodding drama, 8 Mile ultimately works like Rap itself: sometimes good, sometimes bad, but mostly just another diversion from the difficulties of life.

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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song


    The passage of time becomes completely immeasurable when watching this film. In some ways it feels ten hours long, and in others, only a few minutes. Malick's usual brand of visual poetry is toned down just a little for something more intimate and character focused. Still an incredibly moving and passionate film, it took longer than usual before I really started to feel like I "got" it. The last twenty to thirty minutes make the entire film transcendent, and the final image is incredibly powerful.

  • Spider-Man 3

    Spider-Man 3


    "I'd love to shoot you sometime."

    "Oui. I am French."

    "Go make me some cookies with nuts in them."

    "I'll put some dirt in your eye."

    An absolute joy to watch. Anyone that is bothered by Peter Parker's dancing has no patience for the deep complexities of existence. Aunt May deserves her own film and there should have been a Spiderman 4. This film is something else.