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  • The Hitcher
  • Cruising
  • Burning
  • Stranger by the Lake

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  • Elvis

    ★★★★½

  • Serpent

    ★★★

  • Lightyear

    ★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★½

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  • Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Why you pursue something is as important as what you pursue.

    For those curious, yes, despite having watched the movie not long ago to properly prepare for this paper, I watched it again so this can count as a proper research. Turns out, when you're dealing with an all-time favorite movie, you can seemingly watch it every day and not get tired of it. This in a way, at least at the moment, feels like a culmination of the two…

  • Mute

    Mute

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (Before we get into this, a disclaimer. This is not meant to discredit anyone that has legitimate criticisms or truthfully disliked what’s presented. This is an in-depth analysis based on my personal takeaways mixed with takeaways I have seen from separate analyses which I agree with. Everyone is equally entitled to an opinion so long as they have enough to be able to back up said opinion. Even if you disagree with what I have to say, I still appreciate…

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★★½

    Reaching for Eternity

    No better place to start than with the statement revolving around this movie that had me as excited as possible to see it: Elvis is in its editing and general presentation likely the most ambitious movie to come out from a major American studio since Speed Racer. Now, while controversial film critic David Ehrlich seemed to present this as a negative, I knew as soon as I heard that, it would be a tremendous positive. So, yes,…

  • Serpent

    Serpent

    ★★★

    If you don't tow the line, they crush you.

    A cross between if Charlie Brown or Arthur Fleck before he became The Joker were a samurai. Our poor protagonist from literally his first scene gets pushed around and berated for no reason, and with time, his heart corrupts to match a bitter and venomous world. I think this is without question the earliest work of samurai cinema I've seen, predating even The Jazz Singer, considered the first full feature film…

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    Something in the Way

    A whole lot of movie, and the most "genre film" a superhero movie has been in I'm not really sure how long. I don't know man, considering that sometimes this film subgenre forgets that it has its roots within the likes of crime thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and so on, it's wonderful to see a movie that somehow has its cake and eats it too with being "dark" of course while still pulpy and just over…

  • Natural Born Killers

    Natural Born Killers

    "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake."

    In one word, grating. Before I say anything beyond that, I'm going to make something clear: I wholly get what Oliver Stone and company were doing here. You can't miss what this movie is supposed to be about. It's decent messaging. Of course we glorify killers in the media. Of course humans are hypocritical with violence. The way the film is made, I also understand that this movie is likely meant to…