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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★★½

    Intoxicating. I have next to no interest in the material, but the fairly straightforward story is complimented (enriched, even) by Corbet's unconventional formal approach that immediately disarmed me and left me stunned throughout. It's complex, bold, moving, and haunting. I'll likely get more detailed after a rewatch.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★

    Visually breathtaking, but apart from a few narrative flourishes, it still trades in many aspects of superhero films that simply don't appeal to me. It's brimming with eye-rolling one-liners and really uninspired dialog, which is likely only made more apparent by the fact that it's juxtaposed with an incredibly inventive, vibrant, and refreshing visual style. The animation utilizes image, color, and light distortion to create a gorgeous, entirely unique style that mimics pages of a comic book, yet still feels…

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  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★½

    Only Kurosawa can keep me engaged in a nearly 3-hour long plot-heavy epic period piece about warring samurai based on a Shakespeare play.

  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★½

    It's alluring for a little while but it really fails to deliver on the promise of the first act. It just feels undercooked to me. There's a lot on going on under the surface thematically but I just don't think it's executed very well. The pacing is way off, with far too much of the film being preoccupied with them meeting, when it should be more about their relationships (since it's about fear of commitment). The perspective shifts are jarring,…

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