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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    God, I can’t wait for more people to see The Shape of Water. Apart from being just pure magic, there’s so much to unpack & talk about here. Guillermo del Toro’s use of period setting alone could launch a book. It’s so vital to the story’s very soul.

    There’s something to be said about how a Mexican filmmaker understands the post-WWII culture of America better than almost any American filmmaker out there. The film embraces the era’s beauty, rage, impotence, & horror.…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    A towering achievement and perfect conclusion to the best contemporary trilogy blockbuster filmmaking has ever produced, apart from The Lord of the Rings. Part revenge western, part prison escape movie, Matt Reeves has taken Caesar's journey to hell and back, crafting an emotionally resonant, richly texture, and beautifully mounted film here. Few studio films of this scope would dare to stick so close to crafting nuanced characters with actual, rich emotional journeys. Fewer still would dare to have such a…

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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★½

    A deeply personal and emotionally overwhelming experience for me. The Tree of Life made me homesick for my childhood, and this made me feel homesick for the last ten years of my life. But also felt like closure on that chapter. So incredibly freeing to know that a filmmaker like Malick still operates today, and on such a deeply affecting level.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★½

    Nolan's latest honestly reminded me more of Spielberg's A.I. than anything else. Somewhat in plot but primarily in feeling. Its as dense as anything he's ever made, and perhaps the best script he and his brother Jonah Nolan have ever written together, sacrificing the somewhat didactic, on-the-nose tendencies of previous works and instead opting for a much calmer, more human approach. In fact, while the ideas of black holes and space travel a no doubt a driving force to add…