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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    "If you had boobs I wouldn't touch them either"

    This was the best way to start my week. Above anything else, Lady Bird is something that always inspires me to be a filmmaker. I think it boils down to its screenplay, which is nothing short of miraculous. On paper, this movie sounds un-special, especially considering the innovations in the coming-of-age genre. What makes this stand out though is that Gerwig has the incredible talent of making her characters feel truly real. She…

  • School of Rock

    School of Rock

    This is a perfect movie. Usually when I rewatch things that have had a place in my heart over the years, I can see through the nostalgia goggles a little bit. But not this time. It's just the best, okay?

    In the weirdest way, I needed this movie right now. At a time where the future is wholly unclear, and I feel incredibly disconnected from my passions, School of Rock somehow grounded me. It reminded me why I'm pursuing music education as…

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  • mid90s

    mid90s

    ★★★½

    I don't think there's anything that I would change about my childhood. Even the darkest moments of my adolescence have value to me now, every stupid decision and wrong choice having given me a learning experience from which I grew. Even my happiest memories aren't squeaky clean, but something about the way that they are simply mine makes me not want to have experienced growing up any other way. I think this is the true implication of nostalgia. It's not…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    This film is hypnotic. I thought after a second watch I'd have a clearer view on how I feel about it, and I guess that's somewhat true, but the fact still remains. Everything, the cinematography, production design, performances, screenplay, sound design, it's all perfect, and executed with such intention that you are put in something of a trance from start to finish. What happens in these 109 minutes is bizarre, full of darkness and filth, and completely unlike anything else…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    Watching Joker makes me wish a couple of things. The first is that I wish I was able to experience this film without first experiencing the media's insufferable dialogue about it. People that loved this movie are annoying. People that hated this movie are annoying. By the time I got to see it opening weekend in October, I was almost already sick of Joker before I even saw it. 

    The second thing, of course, is that I just wish it was…