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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★½

    With Alita: Battle Angel, James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez demonstrate their true talent when it comes to realizing impossible visions. It's a complete passion project that oozes style and stands out from any blockbuster last year, and while there has been good anime/manga adaptation in the past, it feels like the first since Speed Racer that completely and earnestly understands what anime is and how it works. Based on the manga Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro and taking lots of inspiration…

  • Serenity

    Serenity

    ★★★★★

    In just one month, we already have two high concept masterpieces in 2019 that break the mold and got punished for it. While I wouldn't say this is on the same level as Glass, Serenity is perfect in how director Steven Knight utterly destroys and reconstructs narrative. People called Metal Gear Solid 2 "the Citizen Kane of games," well Serenity is the Metal Gear Solid 2 of films. It defies every expectation, both in terms of audience and arbitrary genre…

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  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★★½

    This feels like the largest film I've ever seen in a theater, and I've seen 2001 in theaters.

    Shockingly grandiose, borderline experimental, Aquaman is one of the few blockbusters of recent years to take full advantage of everything the medium has to offer. Completely self-indulgent, always trying to one-up itself and tell the world "Hey, this is cool"

    In a world where everyone is trying to be Marvel, Aquaman rises out of the depths and delivers something that feels truly…

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★★★½

    Clint Eastwood continues to prove he is the master of modernism in contemporary American cinema. His second outing in 2018, The Mule, feels like a complete swan song, but I hope he continues on because even at 88 years, the man still has so much energy, passion, and creative potential. The Mule is in the same vein as other Eastwood greats Grant Torino and what is, in my opinion, his magnum opus, Unforgiven in that they feel like unflinching and…

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  • The Cat in the Hat

    The Cat in the Hat

    ★★★★★

    Bo Welch's magnum opus, Le Chat au Chapeau (2003) also known as "The Cat in the Hat", is one of the most daring and experimental films Hollywood has crafted in the 2000's. Never have I seen a film attack childhood trauma this strongly as well as be a self-deconstructive satire on the Hollywood industry and bastardization of children's media. No one except Bo Welch, who had worked on the production design for films such as Ghostbusters II and Edward Scissorhands,…

  • Vincent

    Vincent

    ★★★★½

    Tim Burton was 24 years old,
    He was very polite and did what he was told,
    For a man his age he was creative and radiant,
    And this skill shows in his short film Vincent.

    A modern masterpiece of gothic art
    It's a tale that impales through the heart
    A passion filled tribute to a cult horror favorite
    Is oozing with imagination and loving spirit.

    It's short and sweet
    It's rather melancholic
    It's a timeless lesson
    To not be hyperbolic…