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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Melancholia

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  • The Mutilator

    ★½

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

  • Key Largo

    ★★½

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★½

    Generally, Matt Reeves’ The Batman should check all the boxes for what I want in a Batman movie. It fully embraces the darkness of the titular character, favoring a reclusive depiction of the Batman character, one who is dead set on vengeance, instead of the lavish, and occasionally ambivalent tendencies taken on with Christian Bale’s interpretation of the character. Reeves’ film is one highly driven by atmosphere, a key missing piece in Nolan’s trilogy, and goes further than expected with…

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★½

    an impressionistic powerhouse of emotion of which it’s scale is almost incomprehensible, both in its predictory aspects of a world not so far in the future, and it’s ability to touch on the universal themes of relationships, and executing an intimate tone of often uncomfortable realism that will resonate with nearly every person who views this. i am shocked at Spike Jonze’s unrelenting ability to portray the complicated emotions of love and connection in a way that digs unprecedentedly deep…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    It doesn’t quite reach the levels of pure, unfiltered magic, that are sprinkled into films like Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away, but it’s still a relentlessly adorable experience, which is honestly more than enough for me. 

    Thank you Jaewon for recommending

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick will be the movie of the year for quite a large group of people, and after watching, I am simply dumbfounded at the wide praise it seems to receive, since no single aspect of the film for me even comes across as being a tick above average. Everything is played very safe, there is certainly too large an emphasis on fan service and homage to the original, essentially turning this into a beat-for-beat remake of the 1986…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★½

    My thoughts on Drive My Car feel pretty complicated right now, at least to me. My rating, although not a negative one, is clearly off of the consensus if you look at the ratings graph. I obviously didn’t hate Drive My Car, but I can’t remember being this mind-numbingly bored during a film in a long time. The subject matter just didn’t interest me in any way, and the whole film really revolved around this uninteresting theater production that I…

  • The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    ★★★

    On paper, The Shawshank Redemption checks off all the boxes. Good writing, even pacing, with superb performances, but what causes my viewpoint to not match the consensus on this film is the simple fact that this movie takes zero risks. Everything seen in this film has been done before in some capacity. There is such a little amount of unique characterization infused into the two lead characters, that I didn’t come away from the film feeling like I knew anything…