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Favorite films

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • The Warriors
  • John Wick
  • Annihilation

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  • Schumacher

    ★★★★

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

  • Alien

    ★★★★★

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

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  • Schumacher

    Schumacher

    ★★★★

    Very intimate, carrying you through the important (often heartbreaking) moments in the career of one of the greats, interspersed with home videos that are the main attraction. Makes you wish Michael had the ability to be involved in the film. Seeing the character he was makes you mourn, even though he’s still with us.

    And boy…that scene with Mick breaks you down. Such a talent. Reminds you of his father. But will never get to share that with him.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    So this film from a narrative standpoint does nothing other films haven’t done before, but that’s not the point. The trailers spoil absolutely everything, but this film is still worth the watch for the style, cinematography, and soundtrack alone. The way threads and timelines are wound together, and the displaced time and space of the world feels awesome. Like a film from the Cold War era dropped in the late 2010s. Plus there are plenty of surprises to keep you invested.

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  • The Social Dilemma

    The Social Dilemma

    ★★★★★

    I am a data scientist, academic, and tech junkie. I knew everything this film wanted to say before I hit play. This film wasn't made for me.

    But it is brilliant. It is perfect for the time in which we live.

    Social media has altered the human race in unrepairable and irreversible ways. It has broken us into fragments of what we once were. Made us less connected the more connected we become.

    It's horrible, disgusting, and horrifying.

    No matter who you are, no matter what you know of tech, engagement algorithms, data science, human behavior, or market-based decision making, watch this film.

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★★

    That's ummmm a lot of gore.

    Interesting story of pacifism in the face of one of the most violent conflicts of our history. Some of the scene smacked way too Hollywood, with the battle on Hacksaw swinging wildly between gritty, bloody, visceral action, and Hollywood camp (A very literal meat shield while one soldier mows down scores of Japanese solider while spraying a high calibre BAR from the hip being a highlight) really threw me.

    That said, the sets were…

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