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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut

    Revisiting Kubrick’s final film is always fascinating. 

    The dreamlike quality he imbues Eyes Wide Shut with is something special. How much of this is really happening? How much is the fever dream of a disillusioned mind, one reeling from the hint of a spouse’s infidelity? Who are the people behind the masks? What happened to Nick? This movie flits from bizarre scenario to bizarre scenario, connecting through agitated visions and dark cab rides. 

    The sumptuous visuals only add to the…

  • For a Few Dollars More

    For a Few Dollars More

    Masterful. 

    Sergio Leone was an artist. The visuals are gorgeous, complemented immeasurable by Ennio Morricone’s brilliant score. The dialogue is sparse, but direct. The characters are all vibrant and distinct. The tension is palpable. To see a film like this, made so long ago, but still so profoundly engaging — I am amazed. 

    That’s to say nothing of Clint Eastwood, embodying his character with such memorable gruff. We know basically nothing about him, but we’re glued to the screen. His…

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    This really didn’t work for me. Everything I love about Han Solo as a character is missing, and the things that the film chooses to focus on all feel arbitrary and contrived when compared to the more nuanced portrayal Harrison Ford gave in the original Star Wars movies. Since The Force Awakens was released, subtlety and nuance in general seem to be missing from the films, and while I know the concept of subtlety can sound absurd in a series about…

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    Martin Scorsese's Silence is a haunting, thoughtful meditation on faith, suffering, pride, and the nature of God. From the first frame to the last, Scorsese's vision of two priests in Japan is foreboding and harrowing, but also beautiful and occasionally uplifting. 

    Repeatedly described as a swamp, the film's depiction of Japan is ominous and foreboding. The oppressive nature of the inquisitors encroaches from all sides, and even a bright sunny day offers no comfort for the protagonists or the audience.…