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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    I'm gonna have to go ahead and agree with the masses: Parasite is an excellent, masterful film. I probably had a dozen-or-so folks tell me this is "amazing" before I finally got around to seeing it. I try my best not to get too hyped for any movie, but it was hard to avoid with Parasite. Thankfully it lived up to its billing.

    This is, regrettably, my first Bong Joon-ho film. I've been meaning to see others, like Okja, Snowpiercer,…

  • Joker

    Joker

    I saw Joker yesterday and I still don't know how exactly to feel about it. On the one hand, it's a disturbingly human portrait of one of the most notorious villains in pop culture history. On the other hand, the film feels like it could easily be construed as a stimulant for lonely, angry outcasts in a time when we don't need anything new that might inspire the next mass shooter in America.

    That last take is probably the more…

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  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    An apropos title, considering I was completely taken by surprise by this. Blindspotting is an excellent film. It's intelligent, hilarious, prodding, stylish, and flush with rich cultural specificity. It wears Oakland on its sleeve, giving it love while calling out its flaws. The city and its residents become a case study for social issues plaguing our nation. Diggs and Casal are very charismatic as the leads, and I was even more impressed to see they wrote and produced. What a…

  • Signs

    Signs

    I saw the Signs, I opened up my eyes and I saw the Signs.

    A popular one that somehow passed me by, but I finally saw the Signs. Not a bad flick. I liked some of the pieces that made this movie unique. The family dynamics work well. I found it intriguing that we really only get to know them and no one else. So many alien invasion movies foreground the implications for the whole of mankind. I think what…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Amazing. Probably the best superhero movie I've ever seen. Even if I'm not fully prepared to stamp that as a guarantee, I'd still say it embodies everything a comic book movie should be more than any other one I've seen. I told my brother that this lone film is better than the 40+ hours of film comprising the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Lo and behold, he agreed! And this is a big boi MCU fan we're talkin' here.

    Spider-Man: Into the…

  • Stan & Ollie

    Stan & Ollie

    This movie turned my wife into a literal puddle. She was tearing up eating pizza afterwards just thinking about it. Pizza, the king of comfort food, gave her no comfort from her case of happy-sadness. She's the big Laurel & Hardy fan between us. She told me how excited she'd get when she and her parents would get together around the TV on the weekends and watch some of their L & H collection on VHS. Her eyes glistened again just talking…