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  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★½

    My dad says it's one of the best movies he's ever seen. My mom says that's because he's also having a mid-life crisis.

    Vinterberg definitely deserves that Best Director nomination. This is so chaotic but not in a show-off kind of way. He has control and he doesn't get too wild when he doesn't need to. Each scene has its own purpose with its own presentation that lies within the film's overall style. He cranks it up or dials it…

  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★½

    Nature has no religion. The film places us in an immediate consciousness, only allowing focus on what's right about to happen—the next order, the next footstep. Light comes from the sun but splits off into separate rays when it hits the crowded leaves. Like the light, each man locks into his own perspective while also emerging from the same dirt as the man next to him. It's collectivism and individualism; confronting a primal response that connects all of us yet feels so solitary. Malick indulges in the poetry of the elemental: fire, grass, eyes, energy. An overwhelming indifference vs. man's search for meaning.

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★

    Somehow turns an incredible premise into a David Foster Wallace lecture parody. The film reaches for a high-art conceit within a Buddhist-inspired setting that ends up feeling like a lazier rendition of Inside Out, spending less time on the incredible visuals and score than it does on insipid, obvious dialogue that is so easy to pick apart it becomes insulting halfway through. You can picture the writing team typing and storyboarding, thinking to themselves what a clever and beautiful film…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★½

    i now realize how many times i have seen other movies trying to be this one.