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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Inside Llewyn Davis

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

  • The Ascent

    ★★★½

  • Ed Wood

    ★★★★★

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

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  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★½

    Cannot in good faith give the content here any formal critical assessment when the animation and character designs were constantly reminding me of a vastly superior Grubhub ad.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    If the best intentions of blockbuster filmmaking can essentially be boiled down as making complicated life lessons and philosophies universally approachable, without simplification, in ways that are marvelously fun, endearing and understandable for anyone through cinema’s innate language, then this is a striking achievement. It’s delivered with the same desperate, attention-negging memetic imagination of an SNL skit or Super Bowl ad, but unlike them, it’s aggressively uncynical, funny, and at serval points left me shockingly near the precipice of tearing…

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ½

    This was an important movie for me, I think, because it was made absolutely soberingly clear to me during it why I watch movies, what I aim to discover when I watch them, why I continue to stick by this ever-deteriorating medium despite growing more and more saddened and discontent with each upcoming entry in this industry we willingly elect via wallet dollars at our local theater each year, alongside the increasingly vapid subjective and popular discourse of Reddit, YouTube, and reviewer…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★

    This has all definitely been said before but it bears repeating. Conventional wisdom amongst casual filmgoers is essentially that Nolan’s Batman trilogy is well directed and acted, and MCU movies are relatively enjoyable but primarily disposable thrill rides. This, I contend, has less to due with the individual quality these films possess as works of art and more how the former uses practical explosions to distract from what I perceive to be problematic ideological shackles, where the latter computer-generated ones. Both franchises…