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Absorbing characters. Unique perspectives. More please!

Favorite films

  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco
  • Raging Bull
  • Harold and Maude

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  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

  • Nights of Cabiria

    ★★★★½

  • L'Avventura

    ★★★

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★★

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    Indulgently imaginative, meditatively paced, and striking in its message, The Green Knight is many things. This film adaptation evolves outside the original text, meandering into questionable territories and exploring avenues that are ultimately insightful.

    Despite “honor” being muttered, discussed, and evoked throughout the film, David Lowery is much more interested in shame. Shame shapes this adaptation of The Green Knight. Visually I  experienced the cautionary tale of choosing shame with Gaiwan and luckily the Knight accepts death for his choices. I think Lowery believes in redemption…in second chances. Death then rebirth. 

    “Off with your head.” 
    “Christ is born indeed.”

  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria

    ★★★★½

    Cabiria is easily one of my favorite movie characters of all time. Spending two hours with her is nothing short of delightful. Giulietta has a vibrancy that is full of life. She is simply MESMERIZING to watch. And after everything Cabiria goes through she still manages to crack a smile at the end. 👏🏼 STRONG 👏🏼 FEMALE 👏🏼 CHARACTERS 👏🏼

    Important to note - this movie is yet another prime example that all men are trash and are never meant to be trusted. Oscar be damned! Cabiria deserves so so so much more!

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★★½

    Good fun for Marvel standards. Third act lacking in comparison to first two being remarkably strong. If viewed canonically this is a triumph of characterization for Romanof and Scarlet but chronologically viewed it feels like a cheap shot. A wrap up and a set up of different Black Widows. Isn’t that the formula for every Marvel movie? I guess it’s cool that the entire MCU success lies on Widows sacrifice for humanity?

    Florence Pugh DOMINATES Black Widow and I wish I could be more excited for her MCU future.

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★★

    Stop what you’re doing. Look at your local theaters. Find where this movie is being shown and watch it with others.

    SOUL BABY. What a gift this movie is. Thank you Questlove and the army of individuals that put this movie together. Also thank you filmmakers and festival staff of the Harlem Cultural Festival for capturing this event. What a film.