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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★

    Blech. I guess every generation needs its overrated director.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★

    I'd be interested to see this film with the same leads, but as directed by Xavier Dolan.

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★½

    A better adaptation than Annihilation but still the film is insufficient to the story. I feel like this could have been a great limited series, maybe six episodes. I did not like the way it was directed and edited - too many flashbacks, overly sentimental at times and too much ellipsis. I see how they were trying to mirror the psychological state of the protagonist but this requires knowing when to employ these devices and when to pull back and let the narrative unfold. It is out of balance and pushes the viewer out of engagement with the film.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    Surprising that a beautifully paced film like this was released by a major Hollywood studio. They haven't taken risks like this in a long time and I hope they are rewarded for it at the box office.