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SilentDawn has written 23 reviews for films with no rating.

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    *clicks "I've seen this film before" button*

  • The Best Buy Employee

    The Best Buy Employee

    N/A

    Weekly, I receive around one or two requests to view and (publically) review short films from both amateur and professional indie filmmakers. Usually, I don't oblige considering I'm a full-time student with two part-time jobs, in addition to my own social endeavors, but director Josh Phillps graciously donated to my patreon in exchange for a review request.

    I am more than happy to say that The Best Buy Employee entertained me for its entire duration, simply because of the…

  • Leaving Neverland

    Leaving Neverland

    no rating

    TW: sexual abuse

    I know it's hard to let your idols go. Many don't like to mention this. When the news about Louis C.K. and his sexual misconduct hit the news, I cried. Full-on sobs. I remember whispering "fuck you" at my twitter feed which was already plastered with reactions and rebuttals and devil's advocate. It was too much. So many celebrities and individuals of power were failing us. Utilizing their money for predatory circumstances. I was tired,…

  • Serenity

    Serenity

    ??

    Lmaooooooooooooo.

    To be fair, I definitely liked this, as it is incredibly watchable and baffling from the first scene to the last, but I'm still trying to figure out exactly why. It really has no reason to exist, but each and every decision, whether by narrative or character or visual, feels so particular and pored over. It's equal to someone playing darts in a dive-bar, and they miss the board *every fucking time*, and not only does it *not*…

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    When I was younger, I was on a roadtrip with my parents during the summer and we rolled off the highway in Kentucky for a bite to eat. Unbeknownst to us, we stopped in Corbin, Kentucky, which is the home of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken location, and also known as 'Sanders Cafe'. My parents were overjoyed. It was sideshow hell for myself, and would've preferred listening to Maroon 5 and Foo Fighters on my Sony Walkman MP3 player (I…

  • Gotti

    Gotti

    TL;DF (Too Long; Didn't Finish)

    King of New Yawhk.

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Transformers: The Last Knight

    ??/100

    What dazzling, wondrous nonsense. The constantly shifting aspect ratio is oddly fitting for such an incoherent piece of plasticity and fantasy - each frame its own entity, apathetic of its peers. Mark Wahlberg threatens a child and Stanley Tucci plays Merlin. Whatever *this* is, you can be sure of two things: the formal complexity and visual work is something only Bay could accomplish, and the inept execution of its narrative is something only Bay could accomplish. He's above (and far below) his peers in different ways.

  • Father Figures

    Father Figures

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

    ??/100

    Forget The Last Jedi, there's a twist in Father Figures where the audience discovers that Ed Helms' character has been wearing glasses for 20 years for no other reason than 'fitting in'.

    He doesn't even need them.

    20 years.

    TWENTY. YEARS.

    This is played as an emotional moment.

  • I Love You, Daddy

    I Love You, Daddy

    Go to Hell, Louis/100

    A confession note. Bone to marrow, I Love You, Daddy is deeply invested in itself as both a work of mad hubris and (seemingly) unattainable pride, consciously molding its own internal history of sexual assault via the 'homage' of a filmmaker/pedophile/abuser who, even in this unsteady climate, currently is still allowed to have a new movie out, and with Kate Winslet and Justin TImberlake starring, no less. Starting with basic, fundamental craft, I Love You, Daddy

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Transformers: The Last Knight

    ??/100

    Was I disappointed? Yes. Does that matter? Not....really?

    Some random notes:

    - I forgot how the 'police car' Deception has "punish and enslave" written near his bumper.

    - There's a cut from Arthurian legend to a sight in the cosmos and I immediately thought of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Take that as you will.

    - Anthony Hopkins did this to get paid and get photographed in slow motion while wearing nice clothes. I'd do the same.

    - Bumblebee re-connects…

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    This isn't a very good movie. It's certainly influential, progressive, and lovingly, hilariously free, with killer set-design and one hell of an 'Old Dark House', but it's also bonkers to the point of intolerable fatigue, and that's *before* Meat Loaf (?) bursts into a wall. Its following has always confused me even though I'd only seen bits and pieces on late-night TV, but after seeing it in a packed movie palace, complete with a costume contest, a spanking machine for…

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    The whole art/artist dynamic has always been a straight-up division when it comes to my personal experience. Woody Allen and Roman Polanski are two great artists who also happen to be horrible human beings, and I accept the responses to my "support" when I go out and see their films. Today, under my own decision, I payed 8 dollars for a ticket to The Birth of a Nation, and it is a decision which will continue to make me uneasy,…