Ryan Lee

Movies: my favorite art form. Favorites listed are those of each of the last four years because I can't honestly decide my top four.

Favorite films

  • West Side Story
  • Minari
  • Parasite
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★½

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    ★★★★

  • He's All That

    ★½

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★½

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

    "It's not about fighting what we hate, but saving what we love."

    That quote is obviously not from this movie, but of course I thought of Rian Johnson's masterpiece, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, while watching this, both thematically at large and particularly in Resurrections's first act. If Johnson's film interrogates its franchise's themes, it does so in a way that's not subtext, but could still be viewed as solely applicable to the characters of that movie and of that universe ("the…

  • The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

    ★★★½

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

    The philosophy sadly goes out the window for an action-heavy (and thankfully emotion-heavy) ending, and the intriguing, green world of the Matrix largely gives way to…so much fighting.

    But.

    What action and fighting it is, rooted in the apocalyptic stakes that have built up over the last two films and plotted like a grand conclusion that builds, rather than merely pays off a set-up. The Zion battle brings to mind something like The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    Tense, engrossing, haunting, quiet, human...

    ...personal, creative. 

    And deserving of every Oscar it won, if not perhaps a few more. 
    I’m going to be thinking about this one for a long time. 

    Wow.

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★½

    "Correction: We're Looney Tunes. And as such are the exclusive property and trademark of Warner Brothers Inc." —Daffy Duck, from Space Jam (1996), before a Warner Bros. logo appears on his ass and he proceeds to kiss it.

    "No one's tying down this Batman forever." "Ooh, reference!" —Batman and Benny, from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

    "One critical difference between children and adults is the lack of ability by children to comprehend the distinction between advertising and…