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  • Phantom Thread
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • A Serious Man
  • Parasite

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  • Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

  • Onward

    ★★★

  • Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

  • Little Women

    ★★★★★

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    when i toured as a drummer a few years ago, this was my worst fear. also, as a producer/engineer, i kept thinking about how much i wanted to EQ the post-implant sound.

    beyond the literal plot, this movie’s themes about change & adapting to a “new normal” cant feel any more timely.

    last thing: i really appreciated how gently & genuinely the movie presented deafness & the transitional period. it would have been so easy for the film to lean into “tragedy” as…

  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★

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

    i feel like pixar has recently run into a theme problem - theyve either conveyed interesting themes in a very obvious/bland way (inside out, incredibles 2) or theyve had decent execution of questionable themes (toy story 4).

    with onward, i think pixar has once again found an interesting/compelling way to tell a story that contains beautiful/layered themes. i guess it’s technically a spoiler that the movie is less about a father/son relationship and more about a big/little brother relationship. and this bait & switch worked so well for me.

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  • Joker

    Joker

    if you’ve never swam in the ocean then of course a pool seems deep.

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★★

    loved it. greta’s movies (that she directs or acts in) feel so pleasant to watch. also, desplat’s score is easily my favorite of the year & my favorite overall since phantom thread.