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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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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★

    Oof, what a knockout final montage. This is bold, vital filmmaking.

    Can't say it's 100% slick though. While it has fantastic painfully relevant ideas, a great sense of juxtapositions, and a vivid production, even so I can't help but feel some scenes were a missed opportunity. I think the issue was a confused headspace and sometimes the humour disarming the tension too often. It could've indulged more in that area.

    It jumped logic a couple of times and it took…

  • Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers

    ★★★★½

    An abstract masterpiece.

    I loved this when I was a teenager, and 10 years later I expected to cool to it due to its overcooked messy insanity. Instead, it reminds me of why I love cinema despite its vile topic. There's a guttural instinct in how Oliver Stone executes and constructs the film. It's a brilliant satire that's always interested in introspection. Perhaps one of cinema's greatest demonstrations of id, ego and superego, certainly its finest of violence in the media. Oh, and soundtracks.

    Totally 100% understand every reaction this film gets. Can't argue with those who hate it.

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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.