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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    This movie
    (and I cannot emphasize this enough)
    rocks

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    The feel-good movie of the year

  • Persepolis

    Persepolis

    Trying to watch more movies that are deeply valuable. This is one of those; it defies story conventions to humanize and give an incredibly important perspective.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★½

    The conversation around this movie is very tired, and I do not want to contribute to it unduly. I will say that it was very difficult for me to see the value of this movie, and I struggled to look past the content to examine the craft. It's a timely movie only in the sense that these things do happen, but while simply stating truth can be extremely beneficial, the script is a muddled mess of social condemnations.

    In the…

  • I Am Easy to Find

    I Am Easy to Find

    ★★★★★

    Sublime.

  • Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    Between Two Ferns: The Movie

    This is bad. The story is very bland and an obvious vehicle for a funnier format, the mockumentary style adds nothing to the experience, and all the non-interview jokes are merely shocking one-liners completely devoid of wit. That said, Netflix has a handy skip-10-seconds-ahead button, so if you use that and just watch the interviews, you have a good 30 minutes of genuinely hilarious content.

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★★

    Physically invigorating to watch; deeply worthwhile to process.

  • Catch-22

    Catch-22

    ★★★★★

    People screaming directly into the boom mic in Mike Nichols movies will never not be the highest form of comedy.

  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    Completely unparalleled in its frenetic nature. I will praise this movie until I die. It's a masterful defiance of script conventions and an imagistic nail-biter from opening image to disturbed conclusion.

  • Skin

    Skin

    I am shocked that this won the Oscar, and not because of its cringe-inducing perspective on race relations. Examining the film from an ideological standpoint does reveal the tactless nature of its story, but it is not bad because modern society disagrees with it. Great art was never made by subscribing to social norms. Rather, what makes this win shocking is the utterly mundane nature of the production, all the way from the predictable story to the insipid mise-en-scene. That…

  • Music and Lyrics

    Music and Lyrics

    manic pixie dream girl

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    Actually really liked this one. I thought Rick Dalton's storyline, while a little ham-fisted, was compelling, and Brad Pitt is just a complete charmer. It's a joy all the way through, and while the people I went with got bored, I was engaged the whole time and legitimately having fun. Definitely Tarantino at his most carefree - his violence is coupled with slapstick and comedic timing.