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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★½

    Colour me pleasantly surprised.

    Sure, with all the hype and acclaim, it should be a no brainer that this is a good movie. I didn't really doubt it'd be a great experience at least, even if the trailers spoiled the gist of the plot. However, Del Toro fans were rallying behind this as a Best Picture frontrunner and man did I not buy that a fish-fucking film would win. That doubt translated in me not being as excited for the…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    Damien Chazelle may be the next PTA, Fincher or Nolan (or whichever can-do-nothing-wrong director that's most applicable) with young film fans. But I'm feeling a little alone with my family on my feelings towards him. 

    A couple months ago I attempted to show my Dad Whiplash - the newest film in my top 10 and the best film of the past 9 years - and he found it too mean spirited to get past the 30 minute mark. Fair enough.…

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  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    ★★★½

    I've been waiting for this for a long time. Not as long as some, but certainly for as long as I've followed Gilliam's new works at film festivals. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and The Zero Theorem were both special experiences despite neither being held in high regard by anyone else since. I hoped to agree as the film's mixed/negative reviews overwhelmed those firmly in its camp.

    While I certainly found meta-elements to like, Gilliam is sloppier than I've ever…

  • Paranormal Activity

    Paranormal Activity

    ★★★

    Impressive for what it is, but I def wouldn't have stayed with her if she was just my girlfriend. Lots of filler - as per the usual for horror. Decent scares but it's a tiresome story structure.

    Pretty amazing how much tech progressed from Blair Witch to Paranormal Activity. It does not feel like 11 years ago when I first skipped this haha.

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    I think Yorgos Lanthimos is Wes Anderson's evil twin brother. 

    I love them both dearly.

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    While I loved this enough based on execution and experience alone, I adore the way it explores the vicious cycle of justice and vengeance. It's a deeply unsettling film, made especially brilliant by the veiled insincerity of every character all the time. I'm on board for whatever Lanthimos does.

  • Life, Animated

    Life, Animated

    ★★★★

    This is the happiest you'll ever be to see Gilbert Gottfried.

    It's low stakes and sentimental, but it's whole hearted and feels like a very full 90 minutes.