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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    “Even though I'm no better than a beast - don't I, too, have the right to live?”

    A fascinating, violent, and twist-filled mystery for the ages, Oldboy is the stuff of legends in Korean cinema.

    The film brilliantly adapts the film noir style, and gives us another addition into the “neo-noir” film movement. All the visuals you’d expect from a film noir are here: titled camera angles, chiaroscuro, etc. However in Oldboy, we are also given some gorgeous neons, and…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★★

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

    “What are you most afraid of?”
    ”Myself.”

    A (surprisingly) stand-alone film with some great ideas, and solid performances, but unfortunately it just doesn’t feel like enough to end this epic saga.

    First, let’s clear the air and get this out of the way: JJ should have just directed the whole trilogy.

    I hardly ever do spoilers, but honestly I’m tired and just want to get this out. I’m also going to make this quick.

    I know you should judge a…

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  • Hagazussa

    Hagazussa

    ★★★½

    “...and like animals they take you.”

    A quiet, dense, and hypnotic debut from Lukas Feigelfeld, Hagazussa, or Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse takes cues from recent slow burn horror movies but ultimately feels unique and absolutely full of dread.

    If you have seen a trailer for this movie you already know that this movie is visually amazing. The cinematography here is simply some of the best I have ever seen. The color palette is generally very muted, but there are really…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    While it has some flaws, Midsommar is visually dazzling, brilitanly performed, and jam packed with tons of Jodorwsky worship. Midsommar feels supremely unique in its ability to disturb, and unease as it carefully balances absurdism and surrealism.

    I was very happy to see this in my local theater, right as it was released. I’m also happy to say that I had a great theater experience while seeing this movie.

    Visually, this movie is definitely taking cues from Kubrick and Jodorowsky.…