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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day

    It's Such a Beautiful Day

    ★★★★★

    100

    "You are forgiven."

    She held my hand as hard as she could, for she knew her time was coming. Death was in the room, waiting to take her. Still, she was constantly surrounded by her loved ones, and I was to ponder what was coming next, especially in the midst of a pandemic that was about to get worse. She was placed in hospice care days prior, and it was the moment none of us wanted to have nor…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    89

    complete silence

    Riz Ahmed was always one to look out for, given his terrific performance in Nightcrawler. Yet when I had heard that this one was about a metal drummer going deaf, my interest was piqued. Then, when I learned this had baked-in captions that were accessible to the deaf community, then I knew I had to see this. As a deaf person, I'm always skeptical to how filmmakers portray deaf people in general. There's quite a bit they…

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  • Right Now, Wrong Then

    Right Now, Wrong Then

    ★★★★½

    85

    "Try to discover something every second of every day, from everything around you."

    Ain't that the truth. But even then, we can't do it all. We're always going to miss something. An opportunity. A friend. Maybe someone you just passed by seems like a nice person. Something about that person, but you just pay it no mind. Life goes on. What could be? Or maybe you've met someone who could be special, but you fuck it up. Oh well.…

  • Irma Vep

    Irma Vep

    ★★★★

    83

    “How can I be interested in an idea?”

    This idea is Maggie Cheung and I along with many others are very interested in her. I might’ve been too busy staring at her whenever she was onscreen, but thankfully this was pretty good too! Somehow entertaining yet can definitely come off as too intellectual and pretentious. I’m just two moves in Olivier Assayas’ career so far and I can tell he’s not afraid to give anything he touches his own…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    93

    "Rick fucking Dalton."

    Well, this is it. If Quentin Tarantino wanted to ride out into the sunset, he could do it now. Simultaneously going back to what catapulted him into fame with Pulp Fiction all the while this film is a throwback to classic Hollywood just as the Golden Era ended, it's both a love letter and a lamentation. Tarantino might as well have been building his entire career towards this, as he gets to delve deeply into what…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    98

    "See you down the road."

    Based on the novel Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century" which centers on older Americans travels the country as "nomads" while also picking up jobs on their respective journeys. Though the novel is non-fiction, Chloé Zhao opted to burrow many elements from the novel and created a fictional protagonist in Fern (Frances McDormand) also a nomad looking to get by with jobs and seeing the country.

    The Great Recession hit the United States…