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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    From a technical standpoint, First Man excels. Director Damien Chazelle has not lost a step, his camerawork, alongside cinematographer Linus Sandgren, is inspired and gorgeous. Composer Justin Hurwitz continues to prove himself as the yin to Chazelle’s yang, conjuring a score that is sparingly used, but all-too-powerful. There are moments in First Man, specifically the final twenty minutes, that make me want to like it a lot more than I do. However, I can’t help but feel like this film…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★★

    A Star Is Born is absolutely phenomenal. Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut could not have gone better. His direction here is suffocating, with long, uncomfortable shots that accurately portray a dark side to the art of music. His performance is unbelievable. Cooper completely disappears into the role. But he’s not alone. Lady Gaga is a superstar, she deserves every accolade that could be given to her. The emotion that comes from her is insane for someone with as little acting experience…

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    I just spent seven-and-a-half hours watching three films in a theatre. The first two films were already proven greats to me. Rise was a great film, and Dawn happened to be my sixth favorite film of all time, so to say I had high expectations would be the understatement of the century. Walking out of the film, I was absolutely floored. This film is a masterpiece. This is as good as cinema gets. First of all, the camerawork was masterful,…

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

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    Scavenger Hunt 24 - March 2017
    Film #1: Pan's Labyrinth
    Task #1: A movie that Roger Ebert loved, but yet you still haven't seen it
    This film surprised me in the best way possible. Going in, I expected Pan's Labyrinth to be a fun-loving, adventurous tale of a girl lost in a world of wonder. What I got was a dark war-drama about escapism and the far reaches of imagination. I adored…