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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    thank you for being here

    Two individuals at an emotional crossroads, engaging with one another through architecture and a similarly hazy next step in their lives. Sparse, soft-spoken dialogue. Lingering, meticulously arranged shots of architectural peculiarities and individuals interacting in a space. Minimal narrative progression, even less contextual framing. A somber, moving score. The movie I'd liken this one to, in terms of emotional resonance, would be last year's Paterson. There's a similar appreciation for the bravery it takes to…

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★★

    Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Aaron Sorkin. Need I say more? All hugely talented artists that fit one another like a glove, delivering an insightful and challenging rendition on the infamous story of Molly Bloom. I loved Molly's Game, but this should come with the disclaimer that I typically adore stories that feature intelligent, ambitious individuals straddling the slippery slope of immense wealth and moral depravity. Aaron Sorkin is no stranger to this tale, and it's pretty evident here. The…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…