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  • Rachel Getting Married

    Rachel Getting Married

    ★★★★½

    Demme Demme Demme. Who else? The hyper realistic tone of this film emphasizes such a specific sort of brokenness in this family, yet they keep trying to fit those pieces together. They may never fit perfectly again—probably won’t—but that’s okay, right?

    Empathy and emotion pour through every megapixel of every frame. Demme loves these characters, making us love them to. We feel happy with them; we feel broken with them. It’s a confrontation of our own inner turmoil through this…

  • Training Day

    Training Day

    ★★★★

    Two great actors in a tale of twisted power and corruption. Even when you think you got the top guy, there’s always someone higher.

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  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★½

    A beautiful ode to a city. Feels like it’s in dialogue with 2018’s Blindspotting, two films—written out of love—begging us to take care of the Bay Area, a place rich with people and culture; a place we must preserve. San Francisco seems to be in a downward spiral as of late, but as the film says, “You can’t hate it unless you love it.” 

    Joe Talbot and Jimmie Fail’s love for the city oozes through the screen. Interesting to see what they’ll do next.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    Joaquin Phoenix carries this film on his shoulders. The cinematography is gorgeous; capturing the filthy streets of Gotham with a sort of beaten majesty. Some pieces of dialogue are very on the nose, and it wears Scorsese films like Taxi Driver and King of Comedy so blatantly that it comes off as almost ignorant. But there is a lot of good in this film, despite what people might say.

    I know I already said this, but I can’t stress enough how good Phoenix is (But, to be honest, he’s pretty much always great).