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  • Sid & Nancy

    Sid & Nancy

    ★★★

    It’s weird that a biopic about such a strange and abrasive figure is so formulaic. Sid and Nancy had so much opportunity to be an impressionistic tale about sex, drugs, rock and roll and murder. Instead, it’s a typical “rise and fall of a rocker” biopic. The type parodied in *Walk Hard*. Gary Oldman disappears into his role as Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. But sadly, the film only ever lives up to his energy a couple of times. The…

  • Amores perros

    Amores perros

    ★★★½

    Looking at Amores Perros now, it feels almost unoriginal because so many movies have copied the structure of this film. The mosaic of violence where one violent act acts as a butterflies wings and changes the lives of many people. That structure has been used over and over to the point where looking back at this film, we can mistakenly believe that it’s just another one of those movies, when truly it started the whole trend. But that doesn’t mean…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

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

    Disclaimer: I am not a big Star Wars fan. The 1977 original is a film I would count among my favorite movies, but none of the others rank above an 8/10 for me.

    Yes I did give this film a very low rating, and yet I somehow enjoyed it. Let me explain myself. I feel like I need to explain why this is somehow both one of my favorite Star Wars movies, while simultaneously being hands down one of the…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★

    Terrence Malick’s art house war film is my new favorite of his. Despite being nearly 20 years old, this movie could have been released in theaters this year. It looks absolutely timeless and perfect. The way the camera moves is gorgeous. Fluid and calculated. It looks absolutely nothing like modern Malick films, but instead unique in its own way. The battle scenes are incredibly done and Malick creates tension in such an effective way, by making us unsure of when…