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  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★½

    2018 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    The birth of a child brings with it a world of expectations and potential. Parents cherish every moment, cataloging it with pictures and beloved memories. They balance their excitement to see how their child will turn out as an adult with their enjoyment of the everyday small moments that add up to a lifetime. David Sheff’s (Steve Carell) home is a testament to this. On the wall in his office are pictures of his son…

  • Outlaw King

    Outlaw King

    ★★½

    2018 Ranked

    Scottish director David Mackenzie had his greatest success to date with his prior film, Hell or High Water. Now, he returns with Outlaw King. After trading in his beloved Scotland for the hard desert terrain of Texas, Mackenzie has returned to Scotland for this story of Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine) and his efforts to reclaim Scotland for the Scots beginning in 1306. At first, Robert and the other Scottish nobles kneel before Edward I of England (Stephen…

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  • Love with the Proper Stranger

    Love with the Proper Stranger

    ★★★★

    25 Films x 8 Decades: 1960s

    Love with the Proper Stranger is defined by its two halves. The first half is a bit more downtrodden, a bit more issues-focused, and a bit more tense. The second half is more romantic. The turning point is the byproduct of a night spent between Rocky (Steve McQueen) and Angela (Natalie Wood). Both hailing from incredibly Italian - and, in Angela’s case, Catholic - families, the pair have wound up with a baby on…

  • Baby Doll

    Baby Doll

    ★★★½

    25 Films x 8 Decades: 1950s

    Upon its release, Baby Doll was immensely controversial, especially with Catholics. However, in the years since, it has garnered a reputation as yet another strong Tennessee Williams adaptation and another strong film from director Elia Kazan. All of these hold true - the controversial side of this film is obvious, even if far from scandalous nowadays - today with Baby Doll being yet another searing portrayal of the Deep South through the eyes of…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    2011 Ranked

    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I saw Drive for the first time in 2013, I had just finished my first film class in high school and was set to graduate from high school in a few weeks. Now, a week and a half removed from finishing college a semester early, it was time to atone for the sins of my youth. Unacquainted with good films at the time aside from the ones I saw in…