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  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

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    The last Jon Chu movie I saw was Step Up 2 ten years ago during my middle school hip hop dance class, so I hope you'll forgive me for expecting something better than this.

    Yes, there's a lot of discourse. Detractors of Crazy Rich Asians are in full force on social media, criticizing the film's lack of biting political commentary and its treatment of dark-skinned SE asians. In its unapologetic adherence to the romcom tropes and stereotypes of vanilla Hollywood,…

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

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

    In a late scene of Bing's first directed feature, the Rockwell, IL native asks Keire Johnson what he got out of the documentary process. He responds simply: "It’s almost like free fucking therapy."

    At a time when therapy is stigmatized and social culture is still shaped by strong-armed views of masculinity, it's easy for teens and young adults to ignore where they came from and where they are going. There aren't many outlets for them to talk about the multitude…

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

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

    βœ… Godzilla blows shit up
    βœ… Kong punches shit up
    βœ… Mechagodzilla rocket-punches shit up
    βœ… Big fuckin axe
    βœ… Hundreds dead and nobody cares
    βœ… Entire subplot just for hackerboy to spill whiskey on computer

    Just take out the live action parts and put it up for best animated feature please

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

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    Lovely camerawork, now can someone pace this properly as a four-part series ala The Last Airbender? πŸ™‰

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

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    Had my reservations, but it's the morning after and I'm still sitting here with a handful of images playing in my mind. Pretty literal depictions of the separation between rich and poor, and humanizing characterizations of the two serving mothers. The film's central turning point is masterful in the way it holds its tension and breathes in Bong Joon-ho's humor, although the final act loses some of that tightness and controlled mayhem.

  • Roma

    Roma

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

    In a film propelled by grand events, the slightest details will give the most lasting impressions. It'll be different for everyone. For me, the momentary glance between Sofia and Cleo, ice creams in hand, after the wedding champagne cork pops behind them...that was a pure and filling sadness.

    This film is a theatrical experience. For the beautiful visual qualities, yes, but specifically for the sound design. You will be immersed against your will. At several points, I thought the noise…