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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    Original Title: Hereditary
    Year of Release: 2018
    Genres: Horror; Drama
    Director: Ari Aster
    Writer: Ari Aster
    Main Cast: Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne

    The emotions that I felt while watching Hereditary I would call unparalleled: while it isn’t scary in a contemporary way (there are barely any jumpscares and no monsters or ghosts), the amount of dread that keeps building up the longer it goes on is insufferable, so much so that I often found myself having…

  • 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…

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  • Snatch

    Snatch

    ★★★★★

    Original Title: Snatch
    Year of Release: 2000
    Genres: Dark Comedy; Crime
    Director: Guy Ritchie
    Writer: Guy Ritchie
    Main Cast: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Vinnie Jones, Dennis Farina, Alan Ford, Rade Serbedzija, Stephen Graham, Benicio del Toro, Mike Reid, Robbie Gee, Lennie James, Ade

    One of the most unapologetically stylish and witty crime comedies out there. A movie of dumb criminals doing dumb things, and smart criminals outsmarting each other. A small-scale film that feels epic in scope thanks to an…

  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    ★★★½

    Original Title: The Outsiders
    Year of Release: 1983
    Genres: Drama; Crime
    Director: Francis Ford Coppola
    Writer: Kathleen Rowell; S.E. Hinton (based on the novel)
    Main Cast: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Diane Lane

    Not only am I not familiar with Hinton's novel, but I also managed to watch the extended "director's" cut, which clocks in at almost 2 hours and adds plenty of scenes that were cut from the theatrical…

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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…

  • 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…