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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★½

    It's weird how the final party of high school genre is so specific, and yet there are so many examples. There seems to be something inherently entertaining about the premise, with budding adulthood, sexuality, drugs and alcohol. But there is also an emotional resonance that comes from the real feeling of life changing and people moving on. Booksmart doesn't exact break from its genre, rather it hits a lot of tropes we have come to expect, but it does so…

  • Wet Hot American Summer

    Wet Hot American Summer

    ★★½

    After a bit of getting used to, Wet Hot American Summer becomes a comfortably absurd comedy that plays cleverly with some very familiar tropes. If you allow yourself to be swept away by the film, it is pretty rewarding. Every aspect of the classic teen comedy is amped up here. There are 30-year-old playing 16-year-olds, sex and hormone levels through the roof, and the most perfect of montages to get the girl. But what was pleasantly surprising here is actually…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★★

    Somehow just as good, if not better than the first. I just want to live in these movies for as long as possible.

    Of course very similar to Before Sunrise, this sequel is both a welcome and familiar continuation, but also is able to add a tremendous amount of depth and a little more flare. We walk along with Jesse and Celine- we see there youthful optimism has faded into something more realistic and a lot more melancholy. The shift…

  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now

    ★★★★★

    An utterly enthralling experience that melted my mind.

    Somehow, Coppola is able to demonstrate the utter insanity and chaos of the Vietnam War but also create something singularly clear and coherent. Apocalypse Now is psychedelic and mind-bending- every scene completely different from the one before it and yet completely amazing in its own special way. Whether it is a darkly funny Robert Duvall invading a beach to surf, a surreal acid trip through an army base under siege, or a philosophy lesson with an enigmatic Brando, this film does not stop for one single second.

    Truly a masterpiece.