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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    Inside Llewyn Davis is a folk song in that it manages to capture the struggle and pain of life in way that almost feels cathartic.

    The colours are muted and there is a fuzzy quality to the presentation that feels almost as if you are watching it through a tear in your eye.

    The key to this movie lies in Oscar Isaac's performance. His character on the surface is off-putting and closed off, yet you can't help but feel bad…

  • Shoah

    Shoah

    ★★★★★

    Shoah has been my project over the last few weeks as I opted out of watching it all in one sitting for a couple of reasons. The first being the subject matter was almost too upsetting to take in at one time. The second being I wanted every story to have my full attention and I couldn't do that for a full 9 1/2 hour runtime. Since today is Yom HaShoah it seemed fitting to wrap it up today.

    Now…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    I was ready to take a pretentious approach and partially write off this movie as a lesser version of Bergman's Winter Light. Fortunately, that high horse voice inside my head will have to quiet down for a moment since I think First Reformed does a terrific job taking Bergman's concept and running with it.

    To be fair as well First Reformed is still very much its own film. It has a few callbacks and repeated sequences from Winter Light but…

  • Dazed and Confused

    Dazed and Confused

    ★★★★

    Dazed and Confused is able to pull off this remarkably impressive state of "turn your brain off energy" without being completely uninspired garbage.

    I mean the vibes are so good that for a minute I forgot that I actually hate high school movies.

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★½

    Was it a little cheesy, yes. Was it a little overdramatic, definitely. Was the editing a little distracting, yeah.

    Was I engaged and entertained the whole time, you bet.

    The Trail of the Chicago 7 is a very "movie" movie and a crowd pleaser but it never really claims to be anything different. With a screenplay that fires on all cylinders and strong performances all around it is definitely the most gripping and engaging film of the year.

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

    ★★★½

    What a fun and lively way of presenting such a cynical movie. It fits a lifetime of human condition analysis into a mere hour and a half.

    No lies here either, we are all packing a little narcissist inside of us 😈