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  • Throw Down

    Throw Down

    ★★★★½

    What I’m noticing about To movies is they all have these insanely eye-catching premises and yet are literally never the thing I’m expecting them to be. I hope it goes without saying that that’s a good thing.

  • Romancing in Thin Air

    Romancing in Thin Air

    ★★★★½

    Johnnie....oh my god.......you didn’t have to go so hard.................

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes

    ★★★★★

    The process of erosion. All I can think to say is that it’s one of the few films (possibly the only film?) that capture the ethereal beauty of a Powell & Pressburger movie.

  • King Kong vs. Godzilla

    King Kong vs. Godzilla

    ★★★★

    This was actually the first Japanese Godzilla movie that I ever saw as a kid. It’s fitting that it marks the end of my 2-3 year trip through the Showa era.

  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    ★★½

    The half-hour of this where it becomes Ace Attorney is pretty dope.

  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

    ★★★½

    Spock said Whale Rights!!

  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla

    ★★★½

    King Caesar wakes up, does a single task, and then goes right back to bed. This is what representation is.

  • Rodan

    Rodan

    ★★★★

    Have always disliked Rodan’s character design but like, damn if this movie isn’t kind of a banger? The slow burn of the first 50 minutes reminds me much more of Ishirô Honda’s non-Zilla masterpiece Matango than it does a standard kaiju cruncher. And the ending, with the orange glow of lava reflecting on the protagonists face as they watch Rodan choose to die instead of face solitude, is a real gut punch.

  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★★

    The ending of this movie is very much a pure, uncut example of Alyssa Marylee Heflin Cinema™️.

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★½

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

    I get that this is based on real events but it’s kind of a weird move to end your movie about grief and letting go with “oh by the way she’s fine!!”.

  • Adua and Her Friends

    Adua and Her Friends

    ★★★★

    Landlords are the scum of the earth!!


    One thing I really dug about this movie was the way the film contrasts the brothels in the beginning of the film with the conditions Adua and her friends are forced to contend with once their place of work is shut down by new laws. They go from being part of a group of women who are working together, laughing together, and living together all on their own terms to harsh isolation, the…

  • One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

    One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island

    ★★★★½

    I've literally never seen or read any One Piece but uhhhh this might be a masterpiece?!