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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    Right now I got to tell you about the fabulous, most groovy experience of the year:

    74th Venice Film Festival. The man himself, Edgar Wright, was a member of the main jury. Knowing that, I set out immediately to see him, and on my first day (August 30th) I saw him with the rest of the jury members (including Annette Benning and Rebecca Hall). I was stunned, and stood still, with my mouth wide open. I thought it could never…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    I have been staring at a blank page for the past hour. In my ears, the score of 1982’s Blade Runner by Vangelis keeps on playing the Tears in the Rain track on repeat. In my mind, I do not know what to write. I take a sip of whiskey from my glass, and my thoughts go back to 2019’s Los Angeles, Deckard, the Tyrell Corp., Rachel, and Roy Batty.


    No… this isn’t right…


    I shut off the music. This…

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  • 12 Strong

    12 Strong

    ★★

    Original Title: 12 Strong
    Year of Release: 2018
    Genres: War; Historical Drama
    Director: Nicolai Fuglsig
    Writer: Ted Tally, Peter Craig
    Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Navid Negahban

    I'm a simple man: I see a movie about soldiers on horseback, and I watch it. Sadly, this is far from a good film. Its filmmaking is bland as hell, with ugly-looking desaturated cinematography that makes every "location" (i.e. generic rocky desert) look the same. The cast is…

  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night

    ★★★½

    Original Title: The Strangers: Prey at Night
    Year of Release: 2018
    Genres: Slasher; Horror
    Director: Johannes Roberts
    Writer: Bryan Bertino, Ben Ketai
    Main Cast: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson, Lewis Pullman

    While I was not a big fan of the first The Stranger films, mainly due to its repetitious nature, reliance on jump-scares (that were meant for the audience, not the characters), and an overall lack of narrative, The Strangers: Prey at Night is a definite step-up.

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    Of all the movies that are premiering here at the 74th Venice International Film Festival, this is the one I was most excited about. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, and Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water is a fantasy romance set during the Cold War.

    The undeniable star of the film has to be del Toro’s crew: the makeup and special effects used to bring the creature to life…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    Original Title: Deadpool 2
    Year of Release: 2018
    Genres: Action Comedy; Superhero
    Director: David Leitch
    Writer: Paul Wernick, Rhett Reese, Ryan Reynolds
    Main Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

    I am officially tired of superhero movies. If it were up to me, I would stop watching them altogether. However, from time to time, there are some gems that come out of this tired genre (yes, genre, with all its tropes and clichés): films…