Ryan St. Hilaire

Ryan St. Hilaire

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A young man of few talents. Very few.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    Seeing this again reaffirmed how i felt the first time, multiplied by about 1000. I still don’t know how to put it into words. Tarantino completely reinvents his own style here, which in turn makes for a very new and refreshing experience. Those who go in expecting the usual Tarantino film; you know, the ones with burger loving hit-men and samurai sword wielding blonde assassins... will be completely blindsided, for better or worse. For me, i embrace every single waking…

  • I Saw the Devil

    I Saw the Devil

    ★★★★½

    An uncompromising and genuinely sickening revenge tale, and i don't think i'd have it any other way.

    Jee-woon Kim demands your attention from the opening shot, and doesn't give you a moment to breathe in its lengthy runtime. Could it be chopped down a bit to fix pacing? Of course it could, yet i feel it would diminish the powerful final moments. The two leads give some of the best performances i think i've ever seen. For one, an immense…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    I could watch this for the rest of my life and be content

  • Léon: The Professional

    Léon: The Professional

    ★★★★★

    One of those films that gets better every time i revisit it. Ages like fine wine. Not only a masterful action film, but succeeds in creating even more compelling characters. 

    Reno portrays Leon with such empathy, instantly making him human. The opening sequence perfectly encapsulates his skills as a hitman, yet my favorite sequence is how he maintains his life outside of this. He takes care of his plant, and enjoys musicals. That shot of him smiling in the theater…

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  • Paddleton

    Paddleton

    ★★★★½

    I’ve.... never cried more, I don’t think?

    Finding out this had no dialogue in the script and it was entirely improvised makes me love this even more.

    My words won’t do it justice. This film just doubles down on all my favorite things. An indie drama with heart and honesty. 

    An exploration of death, loss, friendship, and love. Ray Romano deserves Oscar recognition. Mark Duplass is one of my favorite human beings. Director Alex Lehmann can continue making these types…

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★½

    A throwback to old school, pulpy crime thrillers. Strangers, all with a secret to bury. Makes for one helluva entertaining ride, with spurts of brutal violence and phenomenal dialogue sequences. Storytelling, performances, visuals, editing; it’s all near flawless. I was waiting for this to make a wrong move, and with a 142 minute runtime, i was expecting it.. not once did it lose me. Captivated from scene one. I’m so goddamn happy.