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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Surprisingly tender, poignant, and moving. Went in semi-skeptical, and walked out of the theater in tears. It's not perfect by any means (Lady Gaga deserves more in the second half), but damn is it full of feeling.

  • The Bride of Frankenstein

    The Bride of Frankenstein

    ★★★★

    Take the darkness of the original, add in some self-reflexiveness and a speaking Karloff and you get....one of the earliest horror comedies? From an incredible framing device that goes BEYOND taking liberties with the original material, to a villain you might start to root for, this film is fun because it throws your expectations out the window. It knows exactly what it's doing, and damn is it great to watch.

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  • Selena

    Selena

    ★★★★½

    Growing up in a Mexican-American household in the early to mid nineties, Selena Quintanilla was a familiar name. Before I remember learning about Madonna or Elvis, I remember sitting in my grandma's car, listening to "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and singing along. So, naturally, this movie was kind of a staple of my childhood. Although it had been years since I last saw it, I felt like it was only fitting to revisit Selena on the 19th anniversary of her…

  • Happiness

    Happiness

    ★★★★½

    My second Agnés Varda film, but certainly not the last I'll be checking out! The cheery color palette and swelling Mozart score underscore an ultimately destructive situation. It's biting, gorgeous, and has style to match. Jean-Luc Godard whom????