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  • Strange Days

    Strange Days

    ★★★★

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

    Whoa... prophetic much? Though this film was released in 1995 and set in 1999, it's actually about NOW. No, seriously...

    Other than The Hurt Locker, I hadn't seen anything else by Kathryn Bigelow, and quite frankly I am STUNNED that James Cameron wrote this because other than a few of his signature on-the-nose lines, I would never have recognized this as his storytelling. I think it's Bigelow's contribution as director that really shapes this on screen.

    The camera work and…

  • The Lost City of Z

    The Lost City of Z

    ★★★★

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

    "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" --- Robert Browning

    I'm a swashbuckler at heart. In another life, I would have been an archaeologist. I wanted to be Indiana Jones, or Evie from The Mummy, or anyone from the Elizabeth Peters novels I read growing up.

    This story really resonated with me chiefly because of the struggles of the real-life protagonist, Percy. The way we are often torn between the homes we have…

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  • Loving

    Loving

    ★★★★★

    If you're looking for a social epic with sweeping courtroom scenes and dramatic proclamations, look somewhere else. "Loving" is exactly what I thought it would be. A quiet, pensive peek into the lives of a true couple who faced adversity simply to live a married life as an interracial couple in the late 50s early 60s.

    This film is one of moments. Jeff Nichols wastes no a single shot here. If your eyes are open, you will see hushed symbolism…

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    ★★★★

    "You love me, real or not real?"
    "Real."

    Okay, I'm going to get a little more personal with this review. This was only my second viewing of this film because I barely emotionally survived my first haha. I had just lost my grandmother months before this film came out, and the entire last ten minutes slayed me, but especially the "epilogue" with Katniss comforting her baby and Peeta and her firstborn in the distance playing. Everything about that image of…