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  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    I'm off the deep end, watch as I dive in
    I'll never meet the ground

    That scene, Ally's first big performance, was so emotionally powerful, I cried. For a split second I forgot I was watching a movie in a theater, and almost got up and started cheering and clapping.

    Bradley Cooper handles the direction like an old pro, centering everything on the power of the music, and how Jack and Ally are brought together by it. An endearing romance…

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★

    You're a bunch of boys making models out of balsa wood. You don't have anything under control!

    First Man is a very technical film. Damien Chazelle plays it very safe and by-the-book. Science fiction is one of my favorite genres because it allows for limitless possibilities, but when a film is completely centered on scientific fact, it's easy for me to lose interest.

    As someone who is not versed in aeronautics, it was difficult at times to know what the…

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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★

    Ignorance is the new excellence.

    Steve McQueen's Widows may technically be a heist film, but it does not conform to the normal cues of the genre. McQueen plays the movie to the beat of a different drum, a beat laid down perfectly by Hans Zimmer by the way. The actual heist is far less important than the other, less obvious ones McQueen chooses to highlight. While Viola Davis and company are attempting to recover their livelihoods, other heisters in the…

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Are you afraid?

    There's certainly a lot to be afraid of when faced with questions of life and death. Mortality and immortality are things we are forced to take for granted, and are often trivialized by society's crude interpretations of them. Terrence Malick, with the help of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and VFX teams lead by Douglass Trumbull and Dan Glass, succeeds in translating his own vision of the universe. I think it goes without saying by now that The Tree…

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  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    Halloween was one of the first horror films I ever saw as a kid, along with Jaws, The Shining, and Poltergeist. I haven't seen Halloween in forever, so what better way to start October?

    It's hard to say how iconic the film would be without John Carpenter's score. So simple, yet so effectively haunting. It sets the mood for what would become the franchise, and remains one of the best horror scores ever. Also love his tracking shots, sometimes it…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    I love this film a little bit more every time I see it. The way it was shot so meticulously, makes the world feel very lived-in and authentic even though you are only able to see it through a small window. Everything from the set design and practical effects to the moody soundtrack and lighting. Ridley Scott uses every one of these to foreshadow the climax.

    Blade Runner is a film that continues to inspire and surprise me after repeat viewings, and it is a poetic story that offers a plethora of themes to chew on long after the credits roll.