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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two


    It Chapter Two is a definite improvement over the first film, though not by much. For one, Chapter Two feels more tonally cohesive, there's still a lot humor mixed in with the horror, but it doesn't distract from or derails the tension like it does in Chapter One. And whereas the first film was a joyless experience, with the exception of a few unintentionally funny moments, this film actually gets quite exciting and surprisingly heartfelt in its third act. But…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse


    The Lighthouse is 110 minutes in runtime, and each minute is more demented than the last. Shot in gorgeous yet striking black & white, on 35mm film; director, Robert Eggers, and actors Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, work together to produce one of the most shocking, visceral and trippiest of experiences you will ever have with a North American horror film.

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  • Parasite



    Parasite is admittedly a film I admire more than I like, and to be clear I really like this film. It's one of the most unique and dynamic films to come out of the 2010's; closing out the decade in a big way. It's one part dark comedy, one part thriller, and one part socio-economic critique, and director, Bong Joon-ho, seamlessly blends them all together into one bold and unforgettable masterpiece. I think if I hadn't been raptured by "Portrait of a Lady on Fire," the night before, I would've loved this even more than I did, but I still love it nonetheless.

  • Seven Samurai

    Seven Samurai


    I'm only one film into his filmography, and Akira Kurosawa has already made a strong impression on me as a director. If the rest of his films contain the same amount of artfulness and poetry as this, I can't wait to get through all of them.

    His favoring of long and medium shots seemed jarring at first, until I realized that not only does it help to accommodate the numerous characters on screen, but it also drew greater attention to…