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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    Visceral and heartwrenching -- it's pure, unadulterated, anxiety-fueled adrenaline. This is filmmaking at its finest. A beautiful, raw tapestry -- the best of the medium coming together to create something nearing a masterpiece. 2019 was a brilliant year for movies, and this is easily one of the best.

    I have such a complicated relationship with war films. I often tend to steer clear of them because they instill this weird sense of existential dread in me. But at the same…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    Relentless, captivating, and thrilling from the start. One of those movies that I can endlessly rewatch and get something new from each time.

    Each frame feels purposeful, each moment crucial. It's meticulous, but not emotionless. It really is a masterclass in filmmaking, and it's the kind of movie I aspire to one day make.

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  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    ★★★★½

    Guy Ritchie is the king of crime films that feel like they're paced to the beat of a jazz drummer. When he's on his game, there's something so spry, so unpredictable in his style.

    And The Gentlemen is a welcome return to the crime genre for the filmmaker. Well-constructed, snappy, perfectly cast, and thoroughly entertaining, this is easily one that'll hit my favourites list, and one I'll be recommending to just about everyone.

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★

    This was great, if a little long and slower than expected. Once you settle into its rhythm, it's a really nuanced experience. Excellent, subtle performances and clever writing.

    The absolute best part, however, and the part which elevates the experience to another level, is Roger Deakins cinematography. What an actual living legend. I'm glad he's finally getting the awards he's deserved through his entire career.

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    So damn engrossing, so damn stressful, and honestly, just so damn good!

    Sandler, the soundtrack, the direction, the intensity, the complexity. What a gem (hehe).

    52 Years in 52 Weeks 2020: 1 / 52

  • Richard Jewell

    Richard Jewell

    ★★★½

    A tense and pointed indictment of the American justice system and the media. At times, this feels like ground that's already been trodden before -- it's nothing groundbreaking. But the positives of Richard Jewell lay in its awesome cast and its undeniably surehanded direction.

    Paul Walter Hauser was born to play this part. Trusting and almost childlike, his endearing and empathetic portrayal of Jewell is the heart of this movie. Kathy Bates is stellar as Jewell's mother. And my boy…