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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    T-shirt that reads "meh."

    here's my Star Wars ranking without explanation:

    1. Star Wars video games (a lot of them)
    2. The Mandalorian show
    3. Rogue One
    4. The Force Awakens
    5. Prequels (equal favor)
    6. Empire Strikes Back
    7. A New Hope
    8. Return of the Jedi
    9. The Last Jedi / The Rise of Skywalker
    10. Solo

  • Fast Food Nation

    Fast Food Nation

    I mistook this for a documentary since I've been watching through the popular and high impact food/climate docus alongside making some real-life "sustainable living" lifestyle change choices (we all should be.) As soon as the movie started I realized exactly what I was in for: Linklater's meandering dramatized vignettes of social and economic issues that intersect with or are caused by the fast food industry.

    I found it amusing how tonally similar to Boyhood the overwrought dialogue and themes feel. It's corny, but as a catalog of scenarios intended to parallel real-life: it's fine, it exists.

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  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★★★

    In this world, there is an invisible magic circle...

    As if under a spell, I could barely move for this film's entire duration.

    Few pieces of art evoke feelings as affecting as When Marnie Was There does for me. Every expression and movement makes my heart break or swell. Anna’s character is arrestingly painful, and animated expertly by details that could only be inserted with real empathy, and sometimes, only visible to those who truly empathize.

    The film contains themes…

  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    ★★★★★

    Talk about a wonderful, dreadful surprise. Patient, atmospheric horror executed at this tier doesn't come around often.

    This film carefully grows a lump inside your stomach, so slowly and steadily that you don't even notice it until it drops. I've been saying for a while that I wanted to see a movie that made me need to turn the lights on after—I found one.

    The Blackcoat's Daughter hangs itself on what it nails: the sounds you hear when you stop…