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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Roma is cinema. This is how I feel. Film was invented for stories like this. You can't exactly get this from theater or literature. Director Alfonso Cuaron has crafted his masterpiece. This follows around a year into the lives of a middle-class Mexican family from the point of view of their maid set during the turbulent political upheaval of 1970's Mexico. I only regret that I only saw this on my TV streaming from Netflix. But even on the smaller…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Okay, I can't wait to see this movie again. This is indeed the best cinematic reincarnation of Spider-Man and I liked/loved a lot of the past ones. This time, it focuses on Miles Morales, an African-American teenage boy who gets bitten by a radioactive spider and becomes a Spider-Man and he finds various incarnations of other Spider-People in his world as they must stop Kingpin from using a particle accelerator to open alternate parallel universes to resurrect his family. The…

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  • Crumb

    Crumb

    ★★★★½

    An endlessly fascinating documentary on controversial cartoonist/comic book artist/satirist Robert Crumb. We get a peek into his life, his work and his family (among his brothers, as it turns out, HE'S the normal one.) You need not be a fan or even be familiar with his work to be fascinated by this remarkable documentary. It gets kind of personal, uncomfortable, shocking and sometimes really funny. Terry Zwigoff creates a fascinating document of a truly remarkable and unique artist. It must be seen by anyone even remotely interested in art.

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Whoah. This is an intense, exhilarating (just like the blurb in the posters say) film. An ambitious young jazz drummer gets tormented both physically, psychologically and emotionally by a brutal teacher who pushes him beyond his limits in order to realize his full potential and achieve greatness. What follows is not an emotional, feel-good inspiring tale (well, not-so-much) but a brutally honest examination of what it means to achieve one's ambitions. The buzz around JK Simmons' performance is well-earned, IMO…